A week before the start of the 70th Sanremo Festival, RAI has unveiled the stage of the 2020 edition of the Italian kermesse.
The scenography was created by the 81-year-old painter and set designer Gaetano Castelli, who has taken care of the scenic aspect of Sanremo eighteen times since 1987. The last time was in 2012.
It’s an homage to the past — the sumptuous and somewhat baroque structure of many Sanremo editions of the 90’s comes to mind. It’s a little bit reminiscent of the Broadway style but at the same time looks to the future.
— Ufficio Stampa Rai (@Raiofficialnews) January 27, 2020
Castelli said: “My choice was to completely eliminate the automations, replacing them with volumetric scenographic elements designed to expand the stage space and acquire as much depth as possible. And in this space, I make the light dance.”
The central staircase, one of the iconic elements throughout the Festival’s history, has remained though it’s not as prominent. Castelli brings the orchestra back to the sides of the stage, in the pit, and has worked above all on the integration between several aspects of the show.
“The main elements and the backdrops contain, inside, video and lighting equipment that, for the first time, are fully integrated with the lights of the director of photography Mario Catapano. The scene acquires dynamism thanks to its sinuous shapes, the perspective devices and the synchrony with the musical rhythm of all the lighting and graphic effects, personalized for each artist and underlined by the dynamism of the camera shots directed by Stefano Vicario.”
Curious is the presence of numerous LED walls, which are little-used in the Sanremo scenography. This aspect strongly recalls Eurovision, as does the fact that, according to the rumors, many artists will use several parts of the stage, creating choreographic performances.
Speaking of the European contest: there is also a certain similarity with the roundness of the set design of Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
For a comparison with last year, let’s take a look at the minimal set design of Sanremo 2019, created by Francesca Montinaro.
— Festival di Sanremo (@SanremoRai) January 29, 2019
All Sanremo 2020 lyrics unveiled
As per tradition, seven days before the start of the Festival, Italian weekly listings magazine TV Sorrisi e Canzoni has published all the lyrics of the competing entries. The cover of the magazine is dedicated to the 24 Campioni, gathered in Milan for a ritual photo.
Standing out in the photo is rapper Junior Cally, protagonist of the bitter controversy of the last few days, with his sparkling red mask, hand in hand with Italian music veteran Rita Pavone.
It’s a significant handshake for a Sanremo that presents itself as a bridge between the tradition of the Festival and the modernity of new genres increasingly in national charts.
— Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni (@tvsorrisi) January 27, 2020