reakdancing world champions surprise local B-Boys
Breakdancing world champions surprise local B-Boys ahead of the Red Bull Flying Bach debut this weekend
Auckland will be treated to New Zealand’s first performance of Red Bull Flying Bach at Aotea’s Squares ASB Theatre tonight, as breakdancing world champions Flying Steps shatter the boundaries between classical and urban art forms, visualising 18th century German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.
The piano, harpsichord and electronic beats compounded with head spins, power moves, freezes and ballet steps of the eight person dance crew will deliver an unforgettable experience for both audiences tonight and tomorrow night, September 5 and 6.
Flying Steps surprised local B-Boy fans practicing at a dance studio in Auckland yesterday. The reactions of the B-Boys seeing the world champions and their dancing heroes were of mixed emotions.
“When I saw the Flying Steps walk through the studio doors I didn’t know what had hit me. These guys are crazy!” says local B-Boy John Olis. “Punisher is one of my favourites, he is known for his power moves and took out the Guinness World Record for the most “1990’s” [continuous pirouettes on one hand!]”
“New Zealand rarely sees international boys coming to our shores, so Flying Bach is a massive thing!” says fellow Christchurch B-Boy Kent Christensen. “The local dance community is buzzing as the crew has been a huge aspiration. They are living the dream of every dancer, traveling the world dancing for a living.”
As the crew has never ventured as far as New Zealand during their previous Red Bull Flying Bach world tours, Flying Steps dancer Mikel - otherwise known as “The Coach” - was eager to check out the local B-Boy talent.
“We wanted to see what the New Zealand B-Boys were made of” says Mikel. “There is a small but strong B-Boy community here and they really threw down their best breaks for us. Everyone who lives in Europe has had New Zealand on their wish list of places to see, so we’re all very excited to be here to see your beautiful country and hopefully entertain Kiwis along the way.”
The powerhouse production of Red Bull Flying Bach proves opposites do attract. Swedish dancer Anna “The Globetrotter” brings the show to life with her love and connection with Bach’s music through contemporary ballet.