In her Eurovision 2018 song Aisel asks Luna to moon her up. And today the stage crew answered her call, setting up a series of “futuristic mountains” lit with neon white LEDs at the edges. She and her dancers stand on the sides wearing all white. Aisel looks stunning, daring to bare her silky legs in a white brazier. A sheer white cape hangs from shoulders, giving her an angelic quality as vivid blue lights illuminate behind her. There’s also an augmented reality effect, creating what appears to be a white starscape — or at least some glittering dots — that spin above and around Aisel as she lifts her arms. It’s a nice touch and reminds some of Dami Im’s on-screen moving images.
Legendary stage director Fokas Evaggelinos, who has created some of the most iconic performances in Eurovision history, explained his thought process in a statement sent to wiwibloggs.
“From the first time I heard the song, an uplifting feeling dominated me. The lyrics and the music played an equal role to that. The stage presence is based on linear formations of elements that create a number of futuristic mountains. Moreover, we combined all those bright elements with a theatrical approach in the performance. The message that we want to communicate is that if each of us believes in ourselves, we can be led higher. Reaching this state, the intense experience of this path, creates the need of communicating the message of believing in ourselves. Lead more people to the top.
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Photos & Footage: Courtesy EBU & RTP