RAI has revealed the stage for the 68th edition of Festivali di Sanremo, which will be used to select Italy’s entrant for Eurovision 2018.
Emanuela Trixie Zitkowsky has designed the stage for this years contest. Speaking to RAI, the Italian national broadcaster they described the meaning of the stage and its design:
A thousand square meters of video and light – the set designer continues – transform the immaculate temple into a multi-colored palette. A curtain designed in four blades descends and preserves the spaces by announcing new visions through its 4,870 teardrop bulbs that recall the past but keep in the core new technologies projected into the future.
In the heart of the scene a structural flower closes the perspective as a symbol of the purity of all the arts and blossoms opening its petals of light revealing its interior: a pulsating heart that becomes an introduction to listening to music (the scale). The luminous flower spreads upwards until it reaches the white stalls occupying the proscenium and dominating the public. A volumetric pentagram where new notes give life to the zero year of Italian music as conceived by the Artistic Director.
The black mirror stage is supported as a sheet by helical sculptural elements that rest as if they were sheet music ready to spread infinite sounds.
Two side staircases like open flower petals embrace and introduce the white orchestra arranged on two platforms that spread the notes in this auditorium of the future where music is the protagonist.
As in a modern architecture where the canons are subverted and the horizontal becomes vertical, the scenography interprets the passage, the ways and the infinite of musical variations in search of the absolute.
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 1990. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on five occasions.