Red Bull Flying Bach is the breakdancing-to-Bach live sensation that’s taken Europe by storm. As the tour gets ready to leave Turkey and return for a month of shows in Germany, we talk to the crew's visuals designer Marco Moo…
We know what’s cool about breakdancing – what’s cool about Bach?
Bach was to 17th-century music what Michael Jackson was to 20th-century pop culture – totally cool.
What part did classical music play in your life before working on RBFB?
When I was a kid, classical music was old fashioned, boring and uncool. My girlfriend is a violinist and has helped me get into classical music. Since I've been working on this, I've found out that classical music is really cool.
The show involves two worlds and two creative languages colliding. What challenge did this pose for you personally?
I have to be very sensitive in my approach – too many funky elements would have cheapened it, and if we were too cautious we would have lost any credibility and it would have been boring.
Which moment in the show gets your pulse racing?
Benny [Kimoto]’s slow solo. [Read our Q&A with Benny here]
What’s the best audience comment you’ve overheard about Red Bull Flying Bach?
“This show should go on a world tour.”
Which stop on the tour are you most looking forward to and why?
Seoul in South Korea. Firstly, because my girlfriend is from there, and secondly because Asians are crazy about both classical music and breakdancing – I don't think there's anywhere else in the world where the emotional reaction to both are so intensely fused as in Korea.
Can you tell us your favourite moment from the tour?
[24-year-old dancer] KC-1 asked if Herr Bach would be coming to the premiere in Berlin…
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?
On an SUP board on the Wörthersee in Austria.
Bach once threw his wig at an organist’s head for being mediocre. What makes you angry as an artist?
When one of the technical people doesn't connect a cable correctly and we lose picture during the show.
Describe your dream block party…
The party would be in the Taj Mahal in India. I’d book the Pope as DJ, and there’d be 100 nuns from all over the world on the dancefloor. The last tracks would be Junge Römer (Young Romans) by Falco, Beat It by Michael Jackson and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J S Bach.