Azerbaijan: Dilara takes the Copenhagen stage for the first time

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Today Dilara Kazimova, Azerbaijan’s entry for Eurovision 2014, has revealed the stage performance of her soulful ballad Start a Fire.

On the stage Dilara is working with an aerial artist and three backing vocalists on the background. The female aerial artist is acting on 8-meter-high acrobatic trapeze.

Previously Eurovision entries haven’t used to work with aerial acts. So it was a challenge for creative team to find the perfect solutions for cameras and rigging. Instead of usual rigging on two points, this trapeze is rigged to one point on stage roof, so it spins 360 degrees all the time.

Start a Fire’s performance is staged by Asa Engman, Swedish director and dancer, in cooperation with Polish-Japanese choreographer Piotr Torazawa Giro.

The aerial artist doesn’t have one same pattern of movements that are repeated with melody. So as with each new rehearsal and performances it will look slightly different.

During the first rehearsal I was be more worried about the trapeze artist’s safety than anything else. At some point she’s getting really high up the celling, which is impressive and kind of scary the same time -Dilara adds.

According to the stage director’s idea the aerial artist stands for an imaginary “point of view” from which you can find a new meaning in ordinary life scenes and  can also represent “the spiritual concept of a soul.

The lyrics of Start a Fire remind me of a poem or a very personal prayer. The song is not usual and we wanted to create an unusual performance for it. Hopefully we will succeed“, says Dilara.

Dilara Kazimova performs with song Start a Fire under #8th in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 6th, 2014 in Copenhagen.

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