Last week ERT releaved that Argo will sing “Utopian Land” at Eurovision 2016, and now we are getting a sense of how that utopia will take shape on stage.
Following the big reveal, band members Christina Lachana, Maria Venetikidou, Vladimiros Sofianides, Kostas Topouzis, Elias Kesides and Alekos Papadopoulos headed to the set of Greek TV show Studio 3. Building on their traditional sound, they revealed that they will perform traditional Pontian dances on stage.
Like many Persian and Middle Eastern dance forms, Pontian dances are not led and there is no single leader in the dance formation. A unique aspect is the tremoulo, which is a move defined by rapid shaking of the upper torso.
According to newsit.gr, the band members won’t be the only ones dancing. They will reportedly be joined by Vasilis Roxenos, a talented singer, dancer and actor who has worked with many famous artists in Greece.
Argo “Utopian Land”
According to EBU rules, only six people may appear on stage, which means one of Argo’s members will have to sit Eurovision out — and that is going to be Elias Kesides, one of the band’s vocalists. He remains part of the band and the Greek delegation, but he will only watch the performances from the Green Room.
It was previously announced that stage designer Maria Lyraraki, who also staged the Greek entries in 2007, 2013 and 2015, will oversee Argo’s bid. Let’s hope that she manages to deliver a Koza Mostra-like performance that will help the song advance to the final…