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An acrobatic performance for Azerbaijan

02 May 2014 at 18:00 CEST

"Acrobatic" is not a word one would usually associate with powerful ballads like Start A Fire, but with a talented trapeze artist on stage, Dilara's performance is indeed this, albeit in a more abstract way.

Backstage, Dilara appeared to be relaxed, and was very much focused on her performance. As always, Azerbaijan have a very professional team behind their song and performance, which can definitely be seen on stage. 

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The first noticeable thing about today's performance was Dilara's dress; a dark red number with many intricate features sewn into it. The trapeze artist accompanying Dilara on stage was wearing an almost identical dress, giving the impression of Dilara's musical performance also being mirrored in a more acrobatic way. 

The stage presentation is very subtle, so as not to overpower the music or performers. Spotlights of purple open the performance turning into shades of blue leading into the first chorus.In the background the huge LED screens bring up a silhouette of what appear to be giant stain-glass windows from a church, followed by a cityscape. The camera angles flick between Dilara and the trapeze artists throughout the song to provide the connection between them. Towards the end of the song, the stage colour changes into a dark red with ice crystals reflected into the background.  

"It was a very successful rehearsal"

In the press conference, Dilara expressed her satisfaction at her second rehearsal saying that the light was perfect. 

During the press conference in Copenhagen Dilara presented to the waiting journalists a unique souvenir – a 100% copy of herself created with a 3D printer in colour. This gift was given to Dilara by technology-friendly fans from Copenhagen. She has also decided to sell this model on Ebay, with the proceeds going to the Dyreværnet animal centre in Copenhagen. 

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Apart from music, Dilara has a big passion for animal rights. In Azerbaijan, she launched a line of merchandise, the proceeds of which will go to Azerbaijani animal welfare organisations. In fact, she helped out at an animal rights organisation in Copenhagen together with Hungary's representative. 

The lady responsible for the stage performance, Åsa Engman, talked about the connection between the trapeze artist and Dilara on stage, and she said, "when I first heard the song, I thought it was very poetic. The trapeze artists is there to be another dimension of Dilara and to make the performance more intuitive". 

Dilara's message to her fans

Below, is a message Dilara made for her fans. Enjoy!

Azerbaijan will take part in the 1st Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest on the 6th of May.