The designers of the stage for Eurovision 2022 have been confirmed — and it’s going to be an Italian job. The PalaOlimpico stage will be designed by Atelier Francesca Montinaro, who have previously designed stages for the Sanremo Music Festival.
Atelier Francesca Montinaro shared the good news on social media, writing:
“Atelier Francesca Montinaro will create the scenography of the Eurovision Song Contest Torino 2022 stage!
“It was a very demanding race in which we participated with enthusiasm and strong emotions. A race against time that kept us awake until the small hours. But it was worth it, because in the end #Rai chose us. We receive this assignment with honour and we will work to deliver to the whole of Italy a stage that shows the soul of Italians to Europe and to the world.
“We would like to say a lot, to tell more, but we cannot reveal any details. From now on, months of intense but beautiful work begin for us to reach the opening of this third Italian edition of Eurovision.
“See you in May!”
The selection of Atelier Francesca Montinaro is a change from the Eurovision stage designers of the past decade. In that period, seven of the stages have been designed by the experienced German designer Florian Wieder. Swedish duo Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattström designed the stages in 2013 and 2016, while Danish designer Claus Zier created the stage in 2014.
The involvement of Francesca Montinaro also marks the first time a woman has designed the Eurovision stage since 2016.
Atelier Francesca Montinaro’s stage design history
Atelier Francesca Montinaro is an established Italian design house specialising in sceneography, art and interior design. As well as designing stages for numerous large theatrical productions, Atelier Francesca Montinaro has twice created the stage for Italy’s iconic Sanremo Music Festival.
They designed the stage for Sanremo 2013, with its baroque-inspired themes. The stage included many moving parts that could be moved to change the feel of the stage — even including the iconic staircase.
Most recently, the atelier designed the stage for Sanremo 2019. They described the stage as “A dance between lights and spectacular kinetic effects” that also involved moving parts via a “motorised and avant-garde theatre machine”.
While Atelier Francesca Montinaro aren’t dropping any clues about their design for the Turin stage, it’s clear that their artistic approach will bring something different to the typical Eurovision stages of recent years.
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