Sweden 2017: SVT presents Melodifestivalen stage
SWEDEN – The first photos of the 2017 Melodifestivalen stage presented by Swedish national broadcaster. SVT calls it an uber-modern stage with endless possibilities and the light in focus. The big tip of the stage reaches out to the arena’s center, halfway across the parquet. Green Room where the artists after the performance is placed obliquely to the power behind the scenes in a similar way as in 2016.
This year’s scene is a record depth of 31 meters and its widest 32 meters. It is about as high as in 2016, 123 cm. The pointed front of 10 meters allows for additional playing surface in several levels. On the stage 16 large arches create an underground sensation. Eight of them hanging from about six meters.
The “tunnel” is integrating luminaires and LED surfaces for video content. At the back hangs 3 LED screens. The stage floor is 30 m2 LED in two levels. The floor is black and glossy laminate with glass of LED components. Under the floor there are two fans that can be targeted with shutters if needed. In the floor are also integrated light and space for pyrotechnics.
A staircase leads up from the stage to the green room, standing on three feet elevation on the right side. In the final green room is the center of the parquet along with the audience.
To win the Melodifestivalen does not only have an amazing song, but also to have an outstanding stage performance. Both men and Frans, the winners of the 2015 and 2016 Melodifestivalen, used the stage in an innovative way to get their message across.
– The scene is as close to a fantastic Melodifestivalen Stage we can come in a smaller format. It has depth and integration between lighting and set design. It has versatility, variety and is uber-contemporary, says Melodifestivalen contest producer Christer Björkman.
– It is fantastic to work with that code creator and provides endless opportunities for interesting solutions and beautiful pictures.
Production designer Viktor Brattström says that just the light has been given priority in the year.
– The experience we have gained from previous projects is that we want to strengthen the sense of depth and be smart with the placement of the light. We want the light to be integrated into the set design and enhance the form. It has led to a more futuristic look.
Despite the high-tech future appearance Viktor mean that you have not taken inspiration from science fiction genre consciously.
– With very light, perspective, reinforcing it is easy to associate with Star Wars and hyperspace there, but it’s only the result that one notes afterwards.
The artists in this year’s Melodifestivalen can look forward to an even more high production design than before.
– You can use the LED panels in a smarter way now. The portions are smaller and lighter, and the resolution is higher, so it becomes smoother and easier.
Spectators with tickets in the stalls place comes even closer. In previous years, the scene has included a separate, circular stage in the middle of the audience. This year presented a new version of the protruding stage, namely in the form of a tip that protrudes from the stage to the audience. Over half the parquet.
– We have really tried to reinforce stage depth – to the extreme, you could say. We replaced satellite scene, “puck”, which we had previously.
This is far from the first time that Victor is involved in the Melodifestivalen stage and as late as the spring of last year, he co-designed the stage used in the Globe Arena for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.
According to Victor, this year’s Melodifestivalen Stage certain similarities with the ESC scene from last spring.
– There are several spin-offs in terms of things we are happy with and inspired by. One thing’s about working very clever with the light and let it strengthen stage design so that it hangs together even more. There, we learned that we could keep the two some.
Is it fun to do the stage for the Melodifestivalen?
– It’s great. You get to work with some of the absolute best at their positions. There are experts in every single post, and we manage to develop cooperation more and more each year.