With a song called “Scream” you might think the staging would be sad.
But instead, at Russia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019 Sergey Lazarev offered up a full spectrum of emotion.
That’s because the staging utilises reversible mirror-LEDs to reflect each different aspect and emotion of his personality.
In an exclusive quote, stage director Fokas Evangelinos says:
“Each mirror represents a different point of view of ourselves. When we are in the process of making a difficult decision — frightening ones that can make us ‘scream’. In the beginning we only see one option. But as we move forward we see different alternatives. In order to reach our goal and leave the past behind we have to ‘break through’.”
Echoing past Russian performances, Sergey wears white, reflecting his neutrality and allowing viewers at home to project emotion onto him.
This has rain, this has darkness, this has radiating energy waves of light.
In short, after a year absence from the Grand Final, Russia are back on course for it and they are in it to win it.