Anxhela Peristeri recently delivered one of the most impressive Eurovision revamps of recent memory, pumping “Karma” up with bolder production and an even stronger ethnic sound. And now Albania’s ESC 2021 star is showing the scale of her ambition yet again by confirming to Wiwibloggs that she’s working with noted Swedish stage director and choreographer Sacha Jean-Baptiste.
Sacha, you’ll remember, has given us such dreamy stage shows as Nina Sublatti’s “Warrior” performance from Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, Eleni Foureira’s iconic “Fuego” stage show from Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon and Iveta Mukuchyan’s stunning “Lovewave” show from Stockholm. This genius of a thousand hair-whips is, in Anxhela’s mind, among the best in the business and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Anxhela Peristeri confirms Sacha Jean-Baptiste as Eurovision 2021 stage director
“I’m working with Sacha,” she told me on Skype. “I love her. I love her work. I think she’s one of the best names in Eurovision when it comes to staging.”
“I’ve seen a lot of her Eurovision stages, and I like so much. I was in Sweden for three days and I met her in person. We did some rehearsals and we are working for a great performance in Rotterdam I think.”
While keeping her plans mostly under wraps, Anxhela did tell us that she’ll be swerving away from her FiK59 performance and that she’ll be dropping the dancers.
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It was a meeting of minds, as the two women instantly shared a vision about her song and staging — which tells the story of a woman who has made bad choices and must live with the consequences.
“I like it a lot when she showed me the draft,” she says. “My idea was like the same as hers, so I liked the idea, and we started immediately working on that.”
And what about the dress? “I want to go for something sensual. To be a woman, a powerful woman, but not a warrior woman.”
Are you excited to hear that Anxhela is working with Sacha? Do you think this could be one of Albania’s best stage shows ever? Let us know in the comments box down below.