UPD 09. A lighter shade of pale: Lithuania in silhouette

by Richard West-Soley 56 views

The Lithuanians cut striking figures on stage today, with 4Fun's Julija singing with her guitar in front of the remaining four band members, completely silhouetted on the screen behind her.

Julia sits with her guitar on a stool stage centre, with the larger-than-life silhouetted profiles of the band behind her, two of the outlines wearing trilby hats. The effect is produced by a large screen which is brought onto the stage to sit between Julija and the band.

Jazz café
The background against which the figures are placed started off as a cinematic off-white wall of light, but the LIthuanians experimented with different colours, tending towards a mellow, subdued blue in the final run throughs, although the delegation cycled through various soft shades throughout the rehearsal. The whole effect is very jazz café, and suits the music very well, standing out as one of the more unusual and original interpretations of the contest.

Julija herself is as mellow as the setting around her, and performs with a relaxed mien and easy vocal, separated from the other band members by the subtle play on light and shadow. The song ends quite suddenly, but the direction makes the most of this, the band suddenly fading out completely to leave Julija alone, the only point of light in a sea of darkness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVZiUm1-v_c

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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