Swedish dancers risk injury on stage

by Robin Scott 373 views

Today Swedish broadcaster svt’s melodifestivalen site has reported that the dancers performing along with Robin Stjernberg in the Eurovision Song Contest will have a challenging dance number. Normally it is preferred that they use footwear due to the imperfections that would be part of any stage but the female dancers will be barefoot.

But it’s worth it, said dancer Eva Kavenstrand.

Along with her the other females are Alina Bjerkland and Anna Holmström and they will be using contemporary jazz dance moves while Mario Amigo Perez and Joao Assuncao will use moves from breakdance and hip hop.

I want to work with contrasts. Beautiful moves against roughness. For so is life – it has both good and tough sides, says Ambra, the choreographer. She continues: The male dancers are going down on their hands on the floor and the females interpreting the music barefoot, which is a challenge when any stage floor might have large cracks and sharp edges. The floor is unfortunately very difficult to work with barefoot. I’m pretty nervous about this and do not want the dancers to start bleeding or injury.

The girls have been preparing with tape and something called foot undies as a plan B.

It is a form of protection for the foot pads. But we hope to be able to run completely barefoot, because you feel the floor better and is more organic then, says Ambra.

The feet might swell and get scrapes or be torn up – but it’s worth it, says Eva Kavenstrand. The floor becomes too slippery with the protection of the feet and you may not have the same grip, she says.

Dancing to You is a bit like a dream. The choreography tries to visualize what the song is about. Robin has written the song to his dad and I was very moved when he told it to me. I have tried to make the number honest and real with emotions, says Ambra.

You can read the original article in Swedish by clicking here

Sweden will compete at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest final in Malmö on 18 May.


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