A song with a message for Armenia
Genealogy will sing “Face The Shadow” in Vienna
Six singers, one message: Love, peace, and unity – that’s what the Armenian entry in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Face The Shadow, promotes. Today the band, whose members hail from five different continents but all have Armenian roots, had their second rehearsal at the Wiener Stadthalle. And this time we are happy to show you a longer and more close-up excerpt of their stage performance – check it out!
The Armenian delegation came to the Wiener Stadthalle early today to prepare for their second rehearsal. The country is being represented by Genealogy, the most international band in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. It consists of Essaï Altounian from France, Tamar Kaprelian from the US, Stephanie Topalian from Japan, Vahe Tilbian from Ethiopia, Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian from Australia, and Inga Arshakyan from Armenia.
Armenia: Second rehearsal with Genealogy
Genealogy had their second rehearsal today in Vienna. The camera work used many wide angle shots, especially from the top of the stage, showing turning wheels on the stage floor, and a world map in the end of the song where each artist stood on his continent of origin.
The main colors of the stage scenery are purple and white, matching the costumes of the artists and the symbolism of hope.
Essaï Altounian was in a sunny mood today: “Everytime I am on stage I feel good because the stage is my place – I love to spread the energy and love with the people.” He also explained the meaning of the color purple in the stage costumes of the Armenian act: “It’s the color of hope of the Armenian culture. It means something deep for us. It’s neither dark nor bright, it’s the color of the roots and of the future. So it perfectly symbolizes the history of the Armenian people.”
The Storyboard of the Armenian Performance
This storyboard is the artistic basis of the Armenian performance in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. It shows the concept based on which the graphics and the stage design were created.
Special thanks to the Public Television Company of Armenia and Head of Delegation Gohar Gasparyan for the material!
Inga Arshakyan has been on the Eurovision Song Contest stage already in 2009, together with her sister Anush. “The feelings are the same – I am extremely excited once again. The only difference is that right now we are six artists and back then I was with my sister. I was scared in the beginning because I didn’t know them but now we have already become one big family. Right now I feel more confident because we are a bigger family now, and that makes us stronger.”
Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian is an opera singer, so the Eurovision Song Contest is a new experience for her: “We are still working out the sound levels. Also the microphone placement is something new for me because I generally don’t work with a microphone.” She has quickly warmed with performing on this stage though: “I love it! Armen’s song is so universal, the message is universal, and also the appeal of the music is so universal because it draws from all the different genres. It has pop and rock, soul, Armenian folk music, classical music – something for everybody.”
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