Breakdancers move to Bach

Breakdancers move to Bach
The Flying Steps’ Gengis ‘Lil Ceng’ Ademoski, Anna Holmstrom and Michael ‘Mikel’ Rosemann strutting their stuff.

SINGAPORE- Bach meets breakdance in Red Bull Flying Bach, a 70-minute high-octane performance by German breakdancing crew The Flying Steps which is performing at the Esplanade Theatre from Jan 16 to 18.

A seven-man ensemble and one contemporary dancer will be putting their street-style steps to Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, an 18th-century collection of keyboard music.

Coach and dancer Michael "Mikel" Rosemann, 36, spoke to Life! when he was in Singapore last October to conduct a breakdancing workshop.

He said: "When we create a show, we always try to go one step more, and normal breakdance is never enough for us. So we always think, 'Okay, what can we do to shock people?', and we come up with all sorts of crazy stuff."

The Flying Steps was founded in Berlin in 1993. Since then, the group has won four world breakdancing championships in London and Paris. They also run their own school, The Flying Steps Dance Academy.

This performance began its global tour in March last year and has since travelled to countries such as Australia, Iceland and Poland. The Singapore stop marks its Asian debut.

Red Bull Flying Bach opens with just a single piano onstage, played by the show's artistic director Christoph Hagel.

Rosemann said that Hagel chose Bach for the performance, as he told them: "I see so much sharpness in your movements, they're so clear and the way that you dance is so powerful. I see the same in the music of Bach."

Hagel will be providing live piano accompaniment for the show and the dancers will show off their moves to a mix of piano, harpsichord and electronic beats. Going from their usual hip-hop music to classical melodies was not easy for dancer Gengis "Lil Ceng" Ademoski, 22, who was also in town for the workshop.

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