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A unique evening of Bach and break-dance at QNCC.



RED Bull Flying Bach, a remarkable performance fusing projected visual backgrounds, live and recorded classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach and break-dance by award-winning performers, the Flying Steps, played to a full house at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on Saturday.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Germany to Qatar, HE Angelika Storz-Chakarji and fans of classical music, break-dance, and innovative performances in Doha. The vocal audience welcomed the performers and applauded generously throughout the fast-paced performance.

Opera director Christoph Hagel, who has worked with the Flying Steps to develop the performance, underlined the accessibility of the show, which also serves to bring classical music to those who might not usually be inclined to take an interest in this art form. He said:"The moves of a break-dance crew are as cool as a fugue by Bach. From the USA to Belgium, everybody can relate to it."

In 2011, Red Bull Flying Bach impressed critics and audiences the world over with their first tour. This sold-out tour was followed by more performance dates in 2012 and 2013. The Red Bull Flying Bach performances have already been witnessed by audiences in 11 countries so far this year, before arriving in Doha for their show here.

The creative performance visualises and brings to life Bach's work, the Well-Tempered Clavier while crossing the boundaries between what is traditionally considered serious music and contemporary urban youth culture.

The creation of their own big production was a long-held dream of German break-dance group, the Flying Steps. With this show, Red Bull gave wings to the crew's vision crowning a rich 10-year history.

Commenting on the difference between this show and an ordinary break-dance performance, Vartan Bassil, a founding member of the Flying Steps and an award-winning choreographer, noted that the group interpreted the music on a deeper level than most.

"In former attempts to join classical music and break-dance, the b-boys just supported the music with their moves. For Red Bull Flying Bach we are not only dancing, we are visualising and reviving Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier."

The Flying Steps performers, moreover, take their art seriously and have high standards to which they adhere."For us, the Red Bull Flying Bach World Tour is a dream come true. We absolutely want to fascinate each crowd, each country with our art," Bassil added.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Nov 23, 2014
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