|Name & Role||Role|
|vartan-bassil||Vartan BassilArtistic Director, Choreographer||Artistic Director, Choreographer|
|christoph-hagel||Christoph HagelArtistic Director, Pianist||Artistic Director, Pianist|
|yui-kawaguchi||Yui KawaguchiChoreographer (Contemporary Dance)||Choreographer (Contemporary Dance)|
|ketan-and-vivan-bhatti||Ketan and Vivan BhattiMusic||Music|
|marco-moo||Marco MooLive Visuals||Live Visuals|
|nordine-dany-grimah||Nordine Dany GrimahDancer||Dancer|
Without the Lebanon-born Vartan Bassil, the history of b-boys in Germany would be a short one. The self-taught dancer founded the Flying Steps in 1993 alongside fellow b-boy Amigo.
Bassil’s talent for exciting stage shows and choreography led to four world championships for the Flying Steps, including the Red Bull Beat Battle in 2005 and 2007. It’s thanks to his creativity that Red Bull Flying Bach came to fruition. He was inspired after a visit to a classical concert.
Today Vartan is more than just the artistic director for both Red Bull Flying Bach and Red Bull Flying Illusion. He’s also the managing director for the entire Flying Steps Entertainment Corporation.
Hagel was raised in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and obtained his music education in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin - as well as New York where he studied with Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celibidache.
Next to his commitments in and around Berlin, Hagel spent many years working throughout Latin America, where he has conducted orchestras in places like Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru.
He became especially known for his modern adaptations of classic operas in unusual Berlin venues, such as productions of Don Giovanni in an old power plant or The Magic Flute in a subway station.
Yui Kawaguchi discovered her passion for dance at the young age of six. She studied professional dance, acting, and singing in Tokyo.
Among her more important achievements are choreographing the opening ceremony of the 2001 East Asian Olympic Games as well as performances at the Ars Electronica in Linz and the Seoul International Dance Festival. Kawaguchi has been living and working in Berlin since 2005.
Ketan and Vivan Bhatti
Although they were born on different continents, brothers Ketan (born in New Delhi) and Vivan (born in Germany) Bhatti share the same passion for music! After completing their studies, the brothers toured the world with diverse Jazz and Hip Hop acts and composed scores for countless film and theater productions.
Ketan and Vivan not only composed the modern, electronic music in Red Bull Flying Bach, but are responsible for the sounds of Red Bull Flying Illusion as well!
There aren’t many people in the world who can tout such a versatile portfolio as VJ, Art Director, Producer, and Set Designer Marco Moo.
The born Austrian began his carrier with producing and promoting videos for the windsurfing industry. These days he mostly creates live visuals for fashion shows (for companies such as Levi’s and Diesel, to name a few) or VJs for legendary DJ Sven Väth or even the MTV European Music Awards.
Berlin-based artists Pfadfinderei (German for ‘pathfinders’) have made a home on the world’s biggest stages. Not as featured performers, but as visual effects conductors for such acts as Boys Noize, Moderat, and Paul Kalkbrenner. Their job is to create an unforgettable visual experience for the audience – something they do for both Red Bull Flying Bach and Red Bull Flying Illusion.
Even as a child, Anna couldn’t sit still when she heard music. At the age of 14, she moved from her hometown of Lindsberg to Stockholm where she studied dance at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and the Diambra studio.
But dancing isn’t Anna’s only passion. She was part of the National Swedish Rhythm Gymnastics team from 2003 to 2007 and with her athleticism and skill can hold her own with the best breakdancers in the world.
Benny Kimoto aka „Benny“
Benny Kimoto aka Benny is a Flying Steps member since 1993. He was the first B-Boy who ever presented multiple airtwists in a row and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in breakdance.
His power moves and groundbreaking freezes shaped the dance scene so much that Playstation eternalized him in ‘B-Boy – The Game’. Benny also holds the Headspin World Record: He can rotate more than 60 times around his own center.
Since today the B-Boy idolize Benny Kimoto, more than ever since he takes off during his Headspin in the new Flying Steps production Red Bull Flying Illusion.
Gengis Ademoski aka „Lil’ Ceng“
By the time he was just 16 years old, Gengis (alias Lil’ Ceng) had already cemented a place in the Flying Steps crew. That accomplishment alone proves just what a stand-out talent the Macedonian-born b-boy is. He grew up in the German city of Saarbrücken and discovered breakdance at the age of 10.
Recognized from early on as one of the best power move dancers in the world, Lil’ Ceng wins over crowds with his creative and dynamic style.
Khaled Chaabi aka „KC-1“
Khaled Chaabi’s story is both typical for Berlin and a positive example of how breakdance functions in society.
The son of a Syrian immigrant family, he discovered his talent for dance at a Berlin youth center under the guidance of Flying Steps member Mikel. Khaled (alias KC-1) quickly got a case a dance fever and it wasn’t long before he was taken into the Flying Steps training program.
He’s been a full-fledged member since 2005 and was part of the Red Bull Beat Battle winning team in both 2005 and 2007.
Michael Rosemann aka „Mikel“
The career of native Berliner Michael Rosemann (alias Mikel), which began in 1991 with a youth center dance workshop, demonstrates the importance of passing the torch in the world of breakdance.
He’s won four world championships with the Flying Steps, including the Red Bull Beat Battle in 2005 and 2007, and remains dedicated to teaching the next generation of b-boys. On the Red Bull Flying Bach world tour, Mikel teaches local workshops during stops.
When the two-time father isn’t on tour, he co-manages the Flying Steps Academy in Berlin.
Niranh Chanthabouasy aka „Lil Rock“
Niranh Chanthabouasy aka Lil Rock has seen it all. In the 90s, he won several competitions with his crew Point Blank Breakers, also known as the Southside Rockers.
He landed a record deal with Sony Music and worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer. This led him to the Flying Steps in 2005. His skills combine house dancing, hip hop, locking, popping and krumping.
Last but not least he co-choreographed the show Red Bull Flying Illusion and took over the dance part of the dark leader.
Nordine Dany Grimah aka „Nono“
Nordine Dany Grimah (alias Nono) has won every award the b-boy scene has to offer. Inspired by the Battle of the Year, the Grenoble born Frenchman began b-boying in 1997 and has since won the BOTY multiple times, most recently in 2012.
With his spectacular power moves, Nono and his ’Vagabonds’ crew took home the UK B-Boy Championship in 2010 and 2011 as well as other important titles. He became part of the Red Bull Flying Bach show in 2013.
Pierre Bleriot aka „Punisher“
French b-boy Pierre Bleriot (alias Punisher) describes his unique style as “70s metal meets extreme b-boying.” His love for rock music is reflected in his sinister dance moves.
The musical multi-talent began b-boying at the age of 12 and gained notoriety early on for his trademark power moves. Next to holding the Guinness World Record for the most “1990s” (continuous spins on one hand), he’s also competed in France’s Battle of the Year and the 2009 Red Bull BC One.
Rymon Zacharei aka „Rayboom“
Rymon Zacharei aka Rayboom co-founder of the Crew Bad Newz MP in Dusseldorf, Germany has been part of Flying Steps and performing with Red Bull Flying Bach since 2014. He is a pioneer in combining Hip Hop moves with Popping, House, Locking, Martial Arts and contemporary dance. When not on tour he is a dance teacher in his hometown.
Timothée Andrimanantena aka „BBoy Tim“
Born in Grenoble, France, Timothée was a young violinist, making him one of a few of BBoys that was accustom to classical music before he joined Red Bull Flying Bach. The 2011, 2012 Battle Of The Year World Champion’s dance style mixes powermoves with footwork and flips.
Uwe Donaubauer aka „BBoy Real“
Born in Cape Town South Africa, B-Boy Real is a master of mixing the different styles of breakdance. He started dancing because after trying it for the first time, he knew it would determine his life, “breakdance is one way of expressing yourself and opens you new perspective to view of life.”
Yamine Manaa aka „Spider“
Yamine didn’t earn the nickname “Spider” without reason. His moves are quick enough for someone with more than two legs. The French b-boy from Grenoble discovered his passion for breakdance in 1998 at the young age of 12.
He founded the Alliance Crew together with his older brother Hachemi “H” Manaa and went on to win the Battle Evolution III Europa competition in 2007 as well as many others internationally. Yamine later formed the successful Silent Trix Crew and would go on to gain more experience as a member of the Danish crew Next Zone.
He joined the Red Bull Flying Bach crew in 2012.