Red Bull Flying Bach is the breakdancing-to-Bach live sensation that’s taken Europe by storm. As the crew get ready for their final shows of 2011, we talk to dancer Yui Kawaguchi…
We know what’s cool about breakdancing – what’s cool about Bach?
Bach is like German Zen to me. The power and clarity of the music creates a peaceful and intense space. The beat has an important role in Chan [Chinese meditation], and I see the relationship between Bach and breakdancing in those terms.
The show involves two worlds and two creative languages colliding. What challenge did this pose for you personally?
It was a very exciting and difficult exercise for me to dance harmonically and against the beat with Flying Steps. I am absolutely fascinated by it all, and I'm learning such a lot from these youngsters. It also makes me constantly question myself.
Which moment in the show most gets your pulse racing?
From a mental point of view it is my first appearance in the show, for the Fugue in C-major. The part from the D-minor prelude to the Fugue in E-major is physically the most challenging.
What’s the best audience comment you’ve overheard about Red Bull Flying Bach?
A sincere, “Thank you very much!”
Which stop on the tour are you most looking forward to, and why?
Tokyo, where my career began. It would be an amazing homecoming!
Can you tell us about a memorable moment on the road with the crew?
The time I saw someone in the Flying Steps crew arguing while standing on their head.
Bach wrote part of The Well-Tempered Clavier from prison (after getting on the wrong side of the Duke of Weimar). Where and when are you at your most creative?
In the bath.
Bach once threw his wig at an organist’s head for being mediocre. What makes you angry as an artist?
A lot of talking without any doing.
Describe your dream block party…
It would take place on a space station, so the dancers could float and fly around the dancefloor without any difficulty. The greatest Shamans in the world would also be onboard, so that we could invite our dead idols, friends and family from heaven to join us on the dancefloor. I’d play songs by Scissor Sisters, Björk and one of Keith Jarrett’s long improvisations.