The Show

Breakin`Mozart
Klassik meets Breakdance

 

 

The Mozart Festival in Würzburg brought them together: Berlin opera director and conductor Christoph Hagel and the Bavarian breakdance group DDC. Together they were commissioned to create a breakdance show to Mozart’s music. Even after the first rehearsal, everyone was aware that the concept could actually work – and it did work, as we know today! Echo Award winner Christoph Hagel and two-time breakdance world champions DDC have staged a production featuring a combination of Mozart and breakdancing for the first time ever. The young dancers stand up to the challenge of combining the music of the Austrian wunderkind with their art in a completely unique way. Mozart can be heard live on the piano with Christoph Hagel interpreting, in orchestral versions and in modern hip-hop arrangements. Nothing is left out: booming techno beats, funky Mozart and rockin’ Amadeus are all included. And the famous coloratura aria of the Queen of the Night from “The Magic Flute” is heard live, sung by American soprano Darlene Ann Dobisch, to the fireworks of breakdancing moves. After the huge success of the premiere at the Mozart Festival in Würzburg in 2013, “Breakin’ Mozart” was performed another 200 times at Berlin’s Wintergarten in 2014 and 2015. Since then “Breakin’ Mozart” has toured through the German-speaking countries and was included in the programmes of renowned theatres like Stuttgart’s Liederhalle and the Philharmonie Gasteig in Munich.

Christoph Hagel

Stage Director & Piano

www.christoph-hagel.com

 

 

Berlin conductor, pianist and opera director Christoph Hagel was born in Baden- Württemberg and learned his craft from such well-known composers as Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celibidacche. He attracts attention with his special feel for exceptional venues. In his much-noticed productions, especially his interpretations of Mozart’s ten most important operas, he always fulfils a dual function as conductor and director. In 1997, he staged the opera “Don Giovanni” with Katharina Thalbach in Berlin’s techno club E-Werk. In 1998, he brought Mozart’s “Magic Flute” to Berlin’s Bundestag subway station, arousing worldwide media interest. His large opera productions are an established institution of cultural life in Berlin. He regularly gives performances in Berlin’s renowned venues like the Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral and Charlottenburg Palace. Hagel also produces new musicals with children and young people, and new librettos with authors like Hans Magnus Enzensberger. He conducted the classical symphonic repertoire for major South American orchestras. He received the ECHO Classic Special Price as artistic director of his play “Flying Bach” in 2010. Since then he has filled theatres and concert halls all around the world with this crossover project between classical music and breakdance. At the 2013 Mozart Festival in Würzburg, he debuted “Breakin’ Mozart” in cooperation with the Dancefloor Destruction Crew, a play that in the meantime has toured through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

DDC Breakdance

Dancefloor Destruction Crew

www.ddc-breakdance.de

     

 

The DDC is a two-time Breakdance World Champion and one of the most successful breakdance groups in Germany. In 2013, the crew received the “European Dance Award” as Europe’s best dance act. The dancers have become a sensation in the entertainment scene with their own style of breakdance and their innovative performances. During the last year, the crew represented Germany at the “Wuqiao International Circus Festival” in China and performed about 100 shows as they went on two big tours through Germany, together with “Feuerwerk der Turnkunst”, Europe’s most successful acrobatics show, starring alongside Florian Silbereisen and other celebrities. At the international circus festival “Young Stage” in Basel, they won the “Public’s Choice Award”. The DDC produces its shows itself, creating its own brand in show business, and has been regularly featured in international TV productions. In the play “Breakin’ Mozart”, the DDC members are not only dancers, but are also responsible for the artistic direction together with Christoph Hagel. They create choreographies, ideas, concepts, work on music and video editing, visuals and lighting technology, and actively promote the play with their own management.

Ensemble

Artistic Director:
Christoph Hagel & DDC

Choreographers:
Marcel Geißler – Director of Choreography
Alexander Pollner
Gregory Strischewsky

Sängerin:
Darlene Ann Dobisch

Am Klavier:
Christoph Hagel

Dancers:
Marcel Geißler
Alexander Pollner
Gregory Strischewsky
Raphael Götz
Michael Lamprecht
Krzysztof Malicki
Tessa Achtermann
Felice Aguilar

 

 

Press Reviews

„Mozart is now a b-boy.“

(Tip Magazin, Berlin)

„Mozart’s music always carries the subject of life as it is with it – striving for happiness, longing for love, grief over loss. And the pure fun of simply being. The DDC and Christoph Hagel have understood this and created a work of sustaining validity.“

(Mainpost, Schweinfurt)

„The power moves of the Clique fit fantastically with the overture of Cosi fan tutte.“

(Tip Magazin, Berlin)

„What is served up in The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, or Rondo alla turca, by the top rocking DDC Company, has tempo and class.“

(Tip Magazin, Berlin)

„Stage Director Christoph Hagel, who powers the show from the piano, came up with the idea. This man knows his stuff in the Amadeus Circus: He already staged The Magic Flute in the Subway in 2008. This break dancing variation works similarly for a mainstream audience.“

(Tip Magazin, Berlin)

„An astoundingly harmonic interweaving of cultures, sounds and movements is to be experienced.“

(Berliner Zeitung)

„Stage Direction is led by a classical mind with a sense for youth culture: Christoph Hagel. We are already used to his successes. Now here is another reason to laud him.“

(Berliner Zeitung)

„The stage shakes and rattles under the feet of the DDC.“

(Berliner Zeitung)

„Typical urban dance moves are integrated and executed with mesmerizing perfection and synchronization: head spins, flips, one handed hand-stands, and floor spins, just to name a few.“

(Berliner Zeitung)

„Breakin’ Mozart entertains with music, dance and acrobatics on a high level.“

(Berliner Zeitung)

„One of the strengths of Breakin’ Mozart is that the acrobatics are never done for the sake of themselves. It is the greatness of the music which will be remembered.“

(Main Post Würzburg)

„The climax to the Jupiter Symphony shows how deeply the break dancers have understood Mozart. Sound and movement meld into a joyful unity.“

(Main Post Würzburg)

„Wunderkinder in the Wintergarten.“

(Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten)

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