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Eurovision 2017: TPI Magazine article
“The production team here has been working overtime and the whole crew has been terrific. Everything out here comes down to communication, preparation and working together, and to pull this off yet again in these circumstances is a great achievement.”
Eurovision 2017: TPI Magazine article
June 2017

Composing in space
“I think a good show has to be visually appealing. It’s got to be authentic, it’s got to be relevant, and most importantly, it’s got to be something that touches people.”
Composing in space
April 2017

TPI: Rockart Design Celebrates 6th Birthday
“Our passion for creating outstanding performances means we enjoy every project we work on and have been able to deliver on each new challenge that has come our way.”
TPI: Rockart Design Celebrates 6th Birthday
April 2017

PRG XL Video Supports The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Gala Anniversary Event
“I started with the essence of The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s brand to come up with the event design, so that all the elements integrate to give an exciting 360° total theatre experience.”
PRG XL Video Supports The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Gala Anniversary Event
July 2016

Standout Magazine: Diamond Geezers
“The secret to good set design is knowing enough of the work flow for all different departments involved, so that you can make it easy for everyone.”
Standout Magazine: Diamond Geezers
September 2016

Live Design: Rockart Design Creative Director Nicoline Refsing Rocks Production Design
In 1998, Refsing saw The Rolling Stones’ Bridges To Babylon Tour. “I just thought I’d gone to heaven,” she states. “It completely blew my mind, and that was where I decided that this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”
Live Design: Rockart Design Creative Director Nicoline Refsing Rocks Production Design
September 2016

LSI: Rockart Design celebrates sixth birthday
Recently Rockart provided a full range service including creative direction, screen content, production and lighting design for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards 60th Anniversary event.
LSI: Rockart Design celebrates sixth birthday
April 2017

PLASA 2016
“People always ask me, if I run out of ideas, the truth is, I don’t. Every artist I work with is unique and I look at them to see what is that special story they have got to tell. It has got to be authentic and at the same time meet the ever increasing audience demand for spectacular.”
PLASA 2016
September 2016

iSing interview: Set yourself up to Shine on Stage
The Danish creative explains her approach: “I think the essence of my work is to amplify what is already there. I always ask: ‘What is the heart and soul of the artist? What are they trying to communicate?'”
iSing interview: Set yourself up to Shine on Stage
August 2016

Access All Areas: In the pub with Nicoline Refsing
From Eurovision to the BRIT Awards and the Beijing Olympics, Rockart Design founder Nicoline Refsing specialises in taking large-scale events and making them unique.
Access All Areas: In the pub with Nicoline Refsing
July 2016

Televisual Interview: Stage and Production Design that bursts through the screen
Nicoline Refsing is founder of production design and staging company Rockart Design. She has staged shows for One Direction, The National Television Awards, The BRITs, The Eurovision Song Contest and The X Factor and has designed performances on award shows for artists from Amy Winehouse to Rihanna, Coldplay, Mark Ronson, Little Mix & Take That. She explains how to make a great show look even greater.
Televisual Interview: Stage and Production Design that bursts through the screen
June 2016

PRG XL Video Supports The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gala Anniversary Event

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.

PRG XL Video Supports The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gala Anniversary Event
June 2016

Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With Creative Designer Nicoline Refsing

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.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With Creative Designer Nicoline Refsing
June 2016

Thoroughly Good Podcast - Interview with Eurovision Creative Director Nicoline Refsing
Television is throwaway, but the demands we have of it are considerable. The people meeting those demands with towering achievements like those Nicoline was responsible for in 2014 are often overlooked by those of us staring at the TV screen. It’s time for those people to step into the limelight.
Thoroughly Good Podcast - Interview with Eurovision Creative Director Nicoline Refsing
May 2016

Eurovision 2016 - Ekstra Bladet: Nicoline Refsing is the woman behind the Australian Grand Prix-show

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.

Eurovision 2016 - Ekstra Bladet: Nicoline Refsing is the woman behind the Australian Grand Prix-show
May 2016

Eurovision 2016 - Eurofestival News: Francesca Michielin will surprise

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.”

Eurovision 2016 - Eurofestival News: Francesca Michielin will surprise
May 2016

Eurovision 2016 - Quotidiano: Francesca Michielin has a secret weapon

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.

Eurovision 2016 - Quotidiano: Francesca Michielin has a secret weapon
May 2016

Eurovision 2016 - ESC Daily Show: 'Staging is all about the details'

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.”

Eurovision 2016 - ESC Daily Show: 'Staging is all about the details'
May 2016

Eurovision 2016: TPI Magazine article
In pulling double duty as Creative Director for both Italy and Australia, Nicoline Refsing experienced two very different versions of the creative process. She explained: ‘The Italian delegation gave me the keys and this led to me listening to the song about 300 times to come up with the idea! I wanted to use the tree of life as a base, adding the flowers and other props made for us by Blackfriars Scenery in London, to represent all the parts that make up your life. (The artist) Francesca (Michielin) is very poetic, playful and quirky and I wanted to bring that out.’
Eurovision 2016: TPI Magazine article
June 2016

Eurovision 2016 - Wiwibloggs: Conchita's Creative Director, Nicoline Refsing, is working with Francesca Michielin

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!

Eurovision 2016 - Wiwibloggs: Conchita's Creative Director, Nicoline Refsing, is working with Francesca Michielin
April 2016

Eurovision 2016 - Eurofestival News: per Francesca Michielin la creative director di Conchita Wurst
Qualche settimana fa, inoltre, vi avevamo anticipato che una creative director di fama internazionale avrebbe lavorato sull’esibizione. Oggi possiamo svelarvi di chi si tratta: la danese Nicoline Lindeborg Refsing della Rockart Design, specializzata in produzioni artistiche e direzione creativa.
Eurovision 2016 - Eurofestival News: per Francesca Michielin la creative director di Conchita Wurst
April 2016

JHPR Wednesday Wonder Woman – Nicoline Refsing
Every Wednesday JHPR spotlight a woman doing amazing things within her business field. As champions of startups and small business owners we will be selecting a wonder woman to profile each week. For our first wonder woman of the year we would like to introduce Nicoline Refsing, founder of production design company Rockart Design and jewellery brand Rockart Jewellery.
JHPR Wednesday Wonder Woman – Nicoline Refsing
January 2016

BT: Derfor er Danmark alligevel (lidt) med i Eurovision-finalen
“Det kan godt være, at Anti Social Media ikke længere er med i årets Internationale Melodi Grand Prix, men der er faktisk stadig et dansk bidrag med i finalen lørdag aften i Wien. For når den lettiske skønhed Aminata går på scenen og krænger sit hjerte ud i »Love Injected« er det danske Nicoline Refsing, som har stået bag udtrykket på scenen.”
BT: Derfor er Danmark alligevel (lidt) med i Eurovision-finalen
May 2015

Lighting & Sound International: InProfile interview

“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…

Lighting & Sound International: InProfile interview
July 2014

Lighting & Sound International: Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2014
For those who, like me, were unaware, Nicoline Refsing is an acolyte of the Stufish school of creation: “I first worked for Mark [Fisher] ten years ago, stayed for six years and then set up my own company, Rockart Design. From my background in production design I was seeing more and more creative direction in video content. I am fascinated by how to work content and stage/set together; where does one start and the other end?”
Lighting & Sound International: Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2014
May 2014

DR: Behind the scenes of Eurovision 2014
“On the Eurovision I am the Creative Director and Content Producer, working with the 37 delegations creating their looks and their performances, what is the feel and what is the atmosphere what is the overall look.”
DR: Behind the scenes of Eurovision 2014
May 2014

DR: How they created Eurovision 2014
“Det visuelle sceneshow var skabt i samarbejde med de kunstnere, som stod på scenen, og deres delegationer, fortæller Nicoline Refsing, der havde ansvar for den del af produktionen.”
DR: How they created Eurovision 2014
May 2014

Lighting & Sound America: What's next for Eurovision?
“This is the first project where creative director/content producer Nicoline Refsing and I have worked together.” Not that Zachariassen appeared unduly worried: “I’ve heard many great things about her. She is based in London and has been working with a lot of really creative people in London for many years, doing a lot of high-end shows. I like that she has this combination of being very creative and very disciplined; she is very well organized. And at the same time, she is able to think outside the box; that is a really good combination.”
Lighting & Sound America: What's next for Eurovision?
May 2014

BT: This is what Eurovision will look like
“Det har vaeret utrolig spaendende, et kreativt marathon hvor vi har faaet lov til at som Alice I Eventyrland at svaeve igennem alle de her universe.”
BT: This is what Eurovision will look like
April 2014

DR: Each country should have its own unique expression
“Fra starten var ambitionen for Nicoline og hendes team, at de ville arbejde tæt sammen med kunstneren fra hvert enkelt land, så billedsiden bedst muligt forstærkede hver sangs udtryk”
DR: Each country should have its own unique expression
April 2014

Tidsskrift for Scenografi
“Nogle gange er det lidt skræmmende, hvor tæt, det jeg sad og tegnede, er på det virkelige resultat.”
Tidsskrift for Scenografi
November 2013

Radio 24/7 with Nicoline L. Refsing and Karin Worsøe
Radio 24/7 with Nicoline L. Refsing and Karin Worsøe
November 2011