Last night TVP Kultura and EBU presented to Europe the 2013 edition of Eurovision Young Dancers. Checking the web reactions and the social media I noticed that all of those watching the show had the best impressions about the quality of the show and the production. TVP Kultura indeed did a great job and proved that Poland can host an extremely original and quality show worth to see and worth to spend your time watching it.
Regarding the chorographies and the technics presented last night by the solo acts and the groups acts I have one negative remark. I was reviewing the show last night alongside with a skillful student from a dance school in Athens. Although the solo acts were well presented the technics presented were not very hard as most of the dancers presented simple and low leveled technics. They could do much better. The hardest work for us was made by Ukraine and Belarus while we were actually stunned by the qualification of Germany to the final.
More stunned we were by the simplicity of the group acts choreographed by Ballet Boyz. We expected to see something more elevated and much more complex. OK we understand that even this act was staged only in less than a week but when you have dance shool students you can present something more sophisticated and more complex. Overall the artists didn’t show their maximum of abilities, they could do more and they could impress more.
In the Eurovision Young Dancers new technologies were implemented: EBU in a co-operation with KUK Filmproduktion (based in Munich) are introducing a new technology, which is a mix of 3D and 4k technologies. For this reason, KUK Filmproduktion have spent three days here in Gdansk, recording the warm-ups and the rehearsals of the ten dancers with a very special camera set up – it’s composed of two mirror-rig Sony F65 cameras. For scientific reasons, and to prove what is possible even though it is very hard to do, KUK Filmproduktion and the EBU are combining 3D and 4k technologies for the very first time, here in Gdansk.
The 4k technology is four times the resolution of HD quality, and when we also add the 3D technology to this, we get eight times the data of an ordinary 2D HD. There are no television sets where this recording will be able to be broadcast yet. Since there are no television sets, there is a possibility to view the native format of the content via projections. The content in various formats is intended to be used in the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances – IFA, in September in Berlin, and the International Broadcasting Convention – IBC in Amsterdam the week after.
Regarding the results: We kinda agree with the qualification of the Netherlands in the final as we also think it was one of the favourites (along with Belarus and Ukraine for us). But Germany was a total surprise for our dance school student mostly because of his simple solo act presentation. Some may also claim that it’s also EYD following the ESC trend to keep the contest to the west (when it comes to the trophy). Of course when a jury votes things are never simple – but we don’t forget that this kind of show can be based only to jury voting (as we have seen the disaster of televoting in the previous Eurovision Dance Contest version).
In sum, we had a great show, with mediocre participations and with a very doubtful result for the final. The Netherlands is a well deserved winner though. This is a personal editiorial and opinion. Above all though congratulations to Sedrgi and congratulations to TVP Kultura for the event.
the oikotimes.com would like to thank Alexandros Godovos for the contribution in the review of the live show for Eurovision Young Dancers 2013