INGELHEIM – You get an insight into the theater workshop during the build-up exercise in KONGEN. For the first time, all the main characters working on the big project “Upside Down – Streetdance meets Classic” met in Ingelheim. Director and performance designer Enno-Ilka Uhde invited soloists, lighting artists, technicians, visual designers and the dance crew to coordinate stage set-up, technical details and effects. Right in the middle of the workshop: Matthias Becker, CEO of Ingelheimer Kultur und Marketing GmbH (IkUM). He got the idea for the first in-house production in kING, which he is now implementing with prominent support.
It is clear that the stage will be placed centrally. The show takes place in the middle of the hall, in the middle of life. Much else still needs to be clarified: Where do ups and downs end? Where should the projectors be? How is the hall lit? These are just a few of the questions that the team will find solutions to during the build-up exercise. About 100 people are involved in the creation process. The goal for all actors is to deliver a perfect show at the premiere of “Upside Down” in early March.
Enno-Ilka Uhde, who realizes celebrity shows, events and large gatherings around the world, holds the reins. Uhde, who is also a professor at Karlsruhe’s University of Music, has, among other things, choreographed the inauguration of Munich’s Allianz Arena and Mainz’s Coface Arena. In Ingelheim, he will bring “a world premiere” to the stage in March. On assignment from IkUM, he develops a “show performance” that has never existed before. “A total work of art,” as Uhde says.
The music on “Upside Down” consists of short classical pieces with a modern treatment, which are pre-edited. During the performance, live images of the stage show are projected onto the walls of the hall. “This is how we create street scenes,” explains the director as he brings street art into the concert hall – fully in line with the title “Streetdance meets Classic”. Visual designer Haegar Deutsch contributes with the image projections. “We want to present a playful, colorful world,” promises the media artist, known for several spectacular projects. He produces live visuals for, among others, Rammstein, Die Fantastischen Vier or is involved in the realization of major sporting events. “I build graphics, videos and backgrounds that I mix and play live into the show,” the artist explains of how he does his work. “It’s like a DJ mixing tracks – only they’re pictures.”
The experienced lighting designer Günter Jäckle, who describes himself as “Show Creator” and among other things is responsible for the stage effects on “Upside Down”, was also won over for the project. Jäckle is a musician himself and has worked with show greats such as Peter Maffay, Herbert Grönemeyer and Udo Lindenberg for decades. Dance and live music will be provided by the dance team “Own Risk” (street dance) as well as Manuel Seng (piano) and Leonie Klein (percussion). The internationally successful formation “Own Risk” from Bad Kreuznach is seven times German champion as well as world and European champion (street dance and hip-hop). At “Upside Down”, “Own Risk” will be represented by 50 young dancers.
Pianist Manuel Seng has won several awards in the “Classical” category of the “Jugend Musiziert” and winner of the “Ibach” prize. He composes and arranges for his own bands and for projects with which he regularly performs in jazz clubs and at festivals at home and abroad. In addition, Manuel Seng has taught jazz piano at the University of Music in Mainz since 2021. Percussionist Leonie Klein works both as a soloist and in ensembles. The young artist works with well-known composers, performs at major festivals and is characterized by the technical perfection of his instrument.
Dates for “Upside Down – Streetdance meets Classic”: Saturday 4 March, Sunday 5 March, Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March starting at Tickets for “Upside Down – Streetdance meets Classic” are available from the tourist information Ingelheim, from all regional ticket advance booking offices and at www.king-ingelheim.de/upside-down.