THE NETHERLANDS – The piece is called The Power of Water and will tell the story of the inextricable link between the Netherlands and water, as Head of Show, Gerben Bakker explains:
“For centuries we Dutch have had a relationship with water that is unique in the world. We fought against it, but we can’t live without it. In the act, we tell the story of the power of the water and the resilience that we all have.”
For this unique act, recordings have been made on and around the Delta Works, a large scale series of construction projects (incorporating dams, sluices, locks, dykes, and levees) used to protect swathes of the Netherlands from being lost to the sea.
On top of this, a world of water will be created within the walls of Rotterdam Ahoy using augmented reality.Thekla Reuten plays a role symbolising the power of the water, while the music for this showpiece has been specially composed by Davina Michelle and her writing team:
“Almost two years ago I was approached by the Eurovision team with the concept in which the story of water is central. Water connects, is resilient and is an inseparable part of the Netherlands. Together with Eurovision, we have worked on a unique act in which these characteristics are central. I wrote the song ‘Sweet Water’ in which water is used as a metaphor for something that connects people in the world. We are all different and live in different environments, but we all need water and it brings us all together. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on together for so long.”
The Power of Water can be seen on Tuesday 18 May during the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.