Swedish pop queen Robyn graced the stage of San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to a packed audience, and we had the pleasure of catching the magic. From stage production to choreography to costume changes, the pop sensation showcased her signature creativity for a display that was as much a piece of performance art as it was a concert. Adorning the stage were large abstract sculptures, framed by billowing white sheets on towering rigs. Backlights and strobes were timed perfectly with the music, and added to the night’s dance-club atmosphere.
Robyn charmed the audience from the moment she took the stage, emerging from a swirl of fog and flickering lights that gave the stage an otherworldly feel. Among the swell of feverish yells for their beloved idol, the audience danced with unbridled enthusiasm, and the mutual delight between artist and performer was evident throughout the night. As Robyn lost herself in the music onstage, the audience fed off of her charisma, sending it right back and creating a joyous feedback loop that endured throughout the night. Add to that her expansive voice and undulating dancing, and her performance felt practically bewitching. Particular highlights included “Indestructible” and, of course, “Dancing on My Own,” both sending the audience into a frenzy of explosive excitement.
Robyn brought all the euphoria and drama we could ever ask for to the Bill Graham stage, and we can only hope she’ll be back very soon.