Greece’s Stefania has taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for her first rehearsal of “Last Dance” at Eurovision 2021.
Greece’s Stefania “Last Dance” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Purple neon seems to be a theme this year in line with the 1980s retro aesthetic. Stefania is wearing a purple Bond girl catsuit with cutouts at the chest and abdomen, complete with crystals, thigh high boots and long evening gloves. The staging isn’t anything to rave about, but there’s some interesting ideas that will keep viewers fixed to their screens. Stefania’s dancers are wearing green screen undergarments beneath their hoodies, hats and trousers — they’re keyed out to create the illusion of invisibility. At one point, Stefania’s torso was also keyed out as if being sawn in half by a magician, although this was perhaps a mistake. The backdrop itself is comparable to Ariana Grande’s “no tears left to cry” music video with an 80s touch. Overall it’s quite garish. A good vocal performance though, even with the complicated movements.
Padraig: Purple! Lots and lots of purple! Stefania’s stage show is flooded with all shades — mauve, violet, splashes of pink. And the singer herself wears a gorgeous catsuit, long gloves and boots that are also purple. The staging is odd. It relies heavily on green screen, which sees the dancers turn invisible. Although we can still see their outfits. At one point, Stefania does like Sergey Lazarev and climbs a set of invisible stairs… albeit in a much more leisurely and less dramatic fashion. Paradoxically, the whole thing comes across as both innovative and dated. Stefania herself delivered a fine performance, even if there were a few discombobulating glitches that saw her midriff completely vanish.
Reaction to Greece’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
Greek staging explained
Stage designer Fokas Evangelinos gave the following explanation to wiwibloggs:
“The stage presence captures the journey that we can all make when using our imagination. Stefania, is at times making an earthly journey or floats, by moving in an urban landscape, where the pace of life shapes people’s relationships as impersonal. Her zestfulness brings her to a ‘last dance’ knowing that this marks a new beginning.”
The delegation continues:
“During Stefania’s stage performance, special visual effects – that have never been used before on the Eurovision stage – will be showcased without weakening or overshadowing the dynamic presence and beauty of Stefania, who is the youngest participant in this year’s competition. The Greek delegation worked methodically and intensively in the implementation of the idea and collaborated with exceptional professionals. The internationally renowned Greek fashion designer Vrettos Vrettakos, who’s designed Stefania’s costume appearance. Giannis Mourikis, as the set designer. George Segredakis, who’s designed the costumes of the dancers. Asterman Company, who’s undertook the creation of graphics. The experienced dancers who appear on stage with Stefania: George Papadopoulos, Markos Giakoumoglou, Nikos Koukakis, Costas Poulopoulos.
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