"I didn't dare believe it when I was asked if I wanted to design the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest. For a few days, I had to keep pinching myself. This is a dream. I am so proud"
This is what the renowned scenographer, Claus Zier, had to say about his new role. He had dreamt of designing the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest ever since it was held in Copenhagen back in 2001.
Now, 12 years later, this dream is coming true, and together with three other architects, he is working night and day in order to create the perfect setting at B&W Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, where the competition will be held in May next year.
Balance between modern and rustic
"I have never done anything so big. It is a fantastic opportunity to create a magnificent show in this rusty industrial hall. I have been out to have a look and you can feel the hall's history when you are in it. The transformation we have to make is incredibly fascinating. It is magical", says Claus Zier.
Claus Zier was previously the man behind the stage designs for X Factor, The Voice, Vild med Dans and the Dansh national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, but B&W Hallerne presents a new challenge for the otherwise experienced scenographer.
"It is a challenge to create a dynamic and modern show in these old halls. That's why we will build on the hall's history and physical structure, slowly moving into something more abstract. It will be a visually awesome show", reveals Claus Zier.
All countries want to take part
The scenographer already has many grand visions for the show, although none have been set in stone as yet. The ambition is, however, clear and that is to create the biggest, best and most suprising show that everyone in Denmark can be proud of, as well as something that brings Europeans together.
And it will be the Europeans that are in focus and visible because each countriy will have its own song, something that will affect the design of the stage.
"The stage has to be strong enough visually that no one is in any doubt that it is the same show, even though each country has a different expression. We have a fanastic anoubnt of height that we want to take advantage of, and we want to make magic in this space. We're going to do this!", concludes the confident scenographer.
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May in Copenhagen, Denmark following Emmelie de Forest's victory in Malmö with the song Only Teardrops.