Vartan Bassil, the mastermind behind dance group Flying Steps and key figure in the success of Red Bull Flying Bach, takes a look back at the most recent shows in Berlin and Leipzig and gives us a glimpse into the future of the ensemble...
The last couple of weeks have been action-packed. The month began with us performing our final show in Berlin before we went to Leipzig.
The city is so closely connected to Bach that it makes it hard for us to put on our show. Last year, we performed extracts as part of the Bach festival and parts of the audience were pretty critical. This year, however, we had a great reception, which made us really happy.
After the shows, we headed to Dusseldorf for three more performances in the Tonhalle. A few days before the show, our dancer Sylvania had to drop out due to illness so we were had to come up an alternative really fast - that was quite stressful.
In the end, Yuko, a dancer from Japan, stepped in at the last minute. She learned the entire programme in just three days, rehearsed all night and took on all the parts. She gave everything and performed brilliantly!
Much as we love Germany, we also love to travel so I’m pleased to announce that we’re going on world tour with Red Bull Flying Bach this year!
We’ll be doing shows in 13 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We kick-off in Croatia on May 3 and we’re all looking forward to hitting the road again.
Personally, I’m most looking forward to the stop in The Lebanon because it’s my home country, but most of the crew are excited about going to Japan – especially Yui and Benny who both have Japanese roots. It’s going to be very special.
We’re also currently working on incorporating some new parts into the show. If you’ve seen the show before, you know we use projected images so we’ve created some new shots and we’re very curious to see if the outcome matches our expectations. I’ll let you know how they work out.