Austria: More details on the staging revealed

by Stella Floras 98 views

Little by little, the entire 700 metre Austrian feather ribbon show is unraveling. ORF seem to be putting in a lot of effort and imagination in their comeback entry, aiming to stun Europe and make their AIDS related message heard loud and clear all over the continent. The spectacular show will be full of feathers, Swarowski crystals and pyrotechnics.

The show will start with Eric coming out of a huge red ribbon-shaped iron construction,covered with700 metres of shocking red feather boa (pictured above). The ribbon itself comes to life when the four dancers that will be accompanying Eric on stage come off it. The red ribbon is the global symbol of solidarity with HIV positive people and the whole idea of the act is to show that it takes people around the symbol to make it real. Gery Keszler, Life Ball organiser, said : "With this show we will conquer Europe and put the issue of Aids in the spotlight but in an optimistic way."

Eric Papilaya will be accompanied on stage by guitarist Thomas Pilat, dancers Nina Weiss, Laura Fernandez, Jerome Knols and dancer and choreographer Cedric Lee Bradley. Cedric, responsible for the Austrian choreography, promises a modern glam rock performance combining Hip Hop, funk and seventies rock elements.

Eric seems to be very pleased with the outcome. "Only when I saw our performance on the big screen did I realise what our entire team had achieved. One would never expect such a production for a rock song, so I am pretty sure that we will surprise Europe and get our message across pretty well."

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.