Yesterday pictures surface on social media claiming to show the stage design for Eurovision 2017. Today it has been confirmed. Ahead of the semi-final allocation draw, the EBU has shared one drawing of the stage design. And it’s making the Kyiv International Exhibition Centre look very futuristic.
The image shows a circular stage, similar to a smaller version of the Eurovision 2011 stage. It appears to have the now standard LED stage floor, which can be used to display both performance graphics and off-camera stage directions.
Above the stage is a very modern version of a classic proscenium arch. It is shaped like a triangle or perhaps an arrowhead and seems to curve over the stage floor. Hanging directly above the stage is a number of rectangular shapes, as well as strings beads, a reference to the logo of Eurovision 2017.
Behind the stage, an image of a city can be see. This is likely to be an LED backdrop, offering more staging options for the performers in Kyiv.
In front of the stage is a smaller stage, echoing the triangle shape of the arch. It is likely to be a catwalk, joined to the stage by a platform that’s darkly lit in this picture.
Designed by a Eurovision veteran
The stage for Kyiv has been designed by the German designer Florian Wieder. He is well experienced with Eurovision, having previously designed the stages for Eurovision in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Fans of his work can see influences from his previous designs – the round stage of 2011, the dramatic arch of 2015.
As well as Eurovision, Wieder has also worked on X Factor in both the United States and United Kingdom, the MTV Video Music Awards, and numerous German shows
And while the mock-up gives many clues as to how the stage will function, Wieder says there’s more to be revealed. Last year he said, “I’ve planned to incorporate some entirely new features which will be kept as a surprise until the show.” We like surprises!
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