The first date of the Red Bull Flying Bach World Tour 2012 took place in a suitably breathtaking venue in the Croatian city of Pula. Read our report…
Take Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a well-trained b-boy crew crew (Berlin's The Flying Steps), add some oriental spice, set the lights, turn up the bass, and Eureka! – you have a hit performance that sells out theatres wherever it goes. It sounds easy, but like all the best recipes it's anything but.
"It's a dream come true. We have conquered the breakdancing world by winning multiple titles. We weren't tired of it, no way, but we aimed for greater heights, still relying on our basic principles. By performing hip-hop to the baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach we've made a flying step and the world's now our arena,“ says Vartan Bassil, the founder of Flying Steps and the choreographer of the show.
The first stop on this epic world tour will take some beating. Pula's beautifully preserved Roman ampitheatre stunned Flying Steps into silence in much the same way their hip-hop dance moves keep on affecting fans of Bach.
Enjoying a stunning view of the Adriatic Sea from the Holy Rock on Cape Verudela, just on the outskirts of Pula, Japanese ballerina and Red Bull Flying Bach heroine Yui Kawaguchi had this to say: "We've come a long way. Our line-up represents the world, different continents and cultures, and we're here to tour the world with our message, uniting it."
Benny Kimoto was born in Switzerland to a Japanese father and a mother from the Alps. He took a break from munching anchovies offered by the friendly fishermen of Stoja to tell us: "We've come to the right place. I have Croatia in my heart already from previous visits, but this time it's the icing on the cake – the start of the Red Bull Flying Bach World Tour!"
This is a career highlight for the whole team. Last year they wowed Europe, selling out shows in Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark and Germany. Now they're off around the world. Which just goes to prove you don't need to be able to read music or understand breakdancing vocabulary to enjoy Red Bull Flying Bach. It's universal.
About Red Bull Flying Bach
High culture meets urban art: Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical music world upside down. Berlin's breakdancing world champions Flying Steps have visualised Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier by setting their hip-hop moves to the great composer's music, blurring the boundaries between serious music and youth culture. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harpsichord and electronic beats.
Vartan Bassil (choreographer)
Michael Rosemann (Mikel)
Benny Kimoto (Benny)
Pierre Bleriot (Punisher)
Gengis Ademoski (Lil Ceng)
Khaled Chaabi (KC-1)
Niranh Chanthabouasy (Lil Rock)
Yui Kawaguchi (Yui)
Vida Kalojanova (piano)
Marianna Henriksson (harpsichord)
Photos © Dean Treml and Tomislav Moze // Red Bull Content Pool