The event was produced by Jeremy Hartley of Entertainment Industries, with production design by acclaimed creative Nicoline L. Refsing of Rockart Design, who has previously delivered iconic stage designs for major events such as The BRIT Awards, League of Legends Worlds 2015 and creative direction for Eurovision.
Refsing created a unique look and experience beyond other event designs to distinctively brand the event, delivering a transformation that also retains some of the unique venue characteristics. By cleverly working with the venue’s architecture and weight limitations of the roof, Refsing created and supplied the integrated window and screen content, the gold and diamond colour palette and a unique, centralised gold drape design radiating from a central stage that would allow an inclusive, 360 degree vantage point for the audience.
Nicoline Refsing’s work will have been seen by almost every Eurovision Song Contest fan, but only the very sharp eyed will have spotted her name in the credits. As the creative force behind Rockart Design she has contributed to the staging of a number of recent entries in the Song Contest, and was the Creative Director and Content Producer for Copenhagen 2014.
Ewan caught up with her in Stockholm, ahead of this year’s Contest, to talk design, staging, vision, props, and big clumpy boots on tiny singers.
Dansker bag Australiens vinder-kandidat.
Det kan godt være, at der ikke er nogle danskere med på scenen, når der i aften sendes Eurovision Song Contest direkte fra Globen i Stockholm.
Men bag scenen har danske Nicoline Refsing ret stor del i det australske bidrag, der er blandt de absolutte favoritter til at vinde sangkonkurrencen.
A curare la performance della Michielin è la danese Nicoline Refsing. La creative director che ha lavorato in passato con Conchita Wurst, The Common Linnets e Aminata, ha lavorato a stretto contatto con la giovane cantante veneta per creare qualcosa di unico.
“Lavorare con Francesca e la delegazione italiana è stato un gran piacere, un vero e proprio sogno per una creative director. Solitamente quando lavoro con degli artisti, ascolto la loro musica anche 300 volte per carpire la loro essenza. Vado alla ricerca di qualcosa che abbia cuore e anima, una storia da raccontare al pubblico. Solo dopo posso iniziare a visualizzarlo nella mia mente.”
Pure la Michielin per il suo set è ricorsa ad una specialista, Nicoline L. Refsing che ha lavorato per anni come creative director assieme all’ “architetto del rock” Mark Fisher, facendosi le ossa con Stones e U2 prima di mettersi in proprio.
“Quello che conta in un lavoro come il mio è la visione” spiega la Refsing, che qui a Stoccolma cura pure l’esibizione dell’Australia, ospite speciale dell’Eurovision Song Contest per il secondo anno consecutivo.
In the final episode of this year’s ESC Daily Show we caught up with Nicoline Refsing, who is the stage director of the Australian act. Even on this day of the jury final, she was still finetuning the stage performance by Dami Im: “It is all about the details.”
“You have to have the overall picture and the storytelling. But at the moment when you really connect with the audience is so precious,” Refsing explains. “You have to look at the camera at the right time. The details are so important when it comes to the finishing touch of staging.”
The Italian Eurovision source Eurofestival News has revealed today that the Danish production designer Nicoline Lindeborg Refsing is working on the performance of No Degree of Separation with the Italian team.
She is a London-based production designer and creative director, head of Rockart Design Ltd. who worked in recent years with Pink, Take That, Westlife, Leona Lewis among others and — prick up your ears — they also created the wondrous scenario for the Eurovision performances by Conchita Wurst and The Common Linnets in 2014 and Aminata in 2015. We just can’t wait to see what they will pull out of the hat!
“I love the music side, and what comes with that is the whole process of loading something in in a very short space of time, and loading it all out again. I love that challenge – producing all of the parts, working out what’s possible.”
Lee Baldock talks to production designer, creative director and principal of Rockart Design, Nicoline Refsing…