Archive for February, 2011

Makeup and hair!

Eva Petrén
When it comes to these things then I, Eva Petrén comes into the picture of Jenny Berggren. I have done hair and makeup for Jenny since 2007, on The Real Abba Orchestra tour. (Check me out on evepetren.com)

It is fun to do hair and makeup, cause it is an art form that more or less every person uses every day in our modern world.

I have followed Jenny through all her turns and trials, ups and downs. For me, makeup and hair is so much more than just the surface of the face and the actual hair.

I usually tell Jenny to let go of all things and relax and focus. Usually this is the only time of the day she gets to be quiet and left alone.
And it happens every time:
Suddenly Jenny sits completely still and disappears into her fog of focus. It is like she visualizes the show for her inner self. At the same time she is able to follow me with the directions I give her. I see her shifting from one focus to another,
and then drifting back again. They say the eyes are the mirror of the soul, and Jenny is no exception!
Sometimes a small sound, leaking from the corner of her lips, still completely in the other world:
“I’m standing in the city light…”

She makes me smile.

My makeup and hair idea is to catch the unique in each personality, the mirror of the soul. Every soul tells a story. No makeup in the world can heal a broken spirit, but a broken spirit tells a story that I can catch an expression of.
I love to see when the inner project gives the outer beauty!

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The Grand Prix

Jenny Berggren in Grand Prix
Wow!!!
Tomorrow I will be there and start to set up all things for the show on the 26:th.
I can’t wait.

’There’ is of course in Copenhagen, the capitol of Denmark.

I am so happy to be able to work in Denmark again.
I know the language since twenty years soon, because of all the times I have worked there.
I know the streets, the best shops, designers and so on. I know the sound of the clock from Rådhuspladsen.

When I was twenty-one and walked the streets of Copenhagen as a young pop star, I had a vision of that Copenhagen was the very best city in the world. I still do.
It has everything. I remembered I loved the story behind every corner of the city. I heard many and lost them into my inner memories, still creating a good spirit.

Then I got the chance to see for the very first time a country in miniature, since I was for the first time traveling a whole country in only a few weeks. It was just before Christmas in the 90’s and we left for a small tour.
I saw everything through the hungry eyes of a young person:
The windpowerstations, the audience, the smell of sugarcanes factories, the hills and wide stretched landscape, the ”GaJol” candy and the Citronvann sodas I grew to love, the drinking tap water, The prescription for a great evening according to the pair-dancing in inner Jylland, in all the mentality of a whole people humble before the arts, because they are covered with it in various ways.

I learned to love Copenhagen and Denmark. The Danes granted me an entrance into their school of pop stardom, and they gave me a wisdom I could live with. ”Be yourself. I am!”

I took my first step as an artist in this country, witch airport always saw a tired 20 year old girl returning home, transfer traveling to Gothenburg, my home city. I was the only one who had taken of my shoes. I relaxed because I felt like home, and then I didn’t need any shoes on my feet anymore. This barefoot behavior of mine has only happened in my own house and … in Copenhagen, Denmark:)