Serbia’s Sanja Vucic ZAA tackled domestic violence during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016. But she did it tastefully, using modern dance to enhance her song and tell a story.
The beginning of the performance focuses on Sanja. As the camera pans closer to her face, lights emerge from the stage towards the roof of the arena, creating the effect of prison bars. Four female backing dancers dressed in white are illuminated red as they create body shapes reminiscent of pain.
As Sanja guides us into the first chorus, a male dancer appears and gets all up in Sanja’s face. She is not having it, and pushes him away with her jerking shoulder movements. The fact that this is taking place on a sinister red flower suggests the complicated nature of domestic violence — it’s a mix of emotions including love and pain.
The entire performance is drenched in red as Sanja and her crew overcome the male dancer, ultimately joining her in the final chorus as they sing it out in solidarity and in unison. The girl power moment has a very “Molitva” quality.
And all of this happens while Sanja slays the life out of her life vocal. We think it’s really quite amazing.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)