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April2015

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Es war der krönende Abschluss, als TheFreaks auf der Zielgeraden der Rennstrecke standen und die Siegerehrung von Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rossberg und Kimi Raikkonen hautnah erleben durften. Aber alles schön der Reihe nach.

Der Tag wurde gleich mal mit einem erfreulichen Blick auf die Nationale Zeitung begonnen, wo wir mit einem Großbild über die halbe Seite erwähnt wurden. Beim Auftritt selbst, war der Sandsturm heute leider noch stärker als die letzten Tage, sodass während der Show die Rückplane der Bühne durchriss und wir dadurch einen großen Teil des Schattens verloren. Zum Glück war der Wind so kühlend, dass uns die Hitze ausblieb und wir die restlichen Shows souverän ablieferten. Am Ende des Auftritts folgte schließlich noch eine kleine Überraschung, denn unsere Überfliegerin Hannah feierte heute ihren 17. Geburtstag. Deshalb wurde ihr vom gesamten Publikum ein Geburtstagsständchen gesungen. Noch mal Happy Birthday Hannah!

Nach der Show bekamen wir vom Publikum immer wieder tolle Feedbacks, wurden angehalten um mit ihnen Selfies zu machen und auch die Presse fragte uns des öfteren für ein Foto für die Zeitung. Danach wurde dann alles für das große Rennen ausgerichtet. Wir packten unsere Sachen zusammen, verstauten sie sicher und machten uns auf dem Weg zu einem geheimen Eingangsweg, den am Vortag Max und Tis durch ihr Herumgeistern (ihr neues Wort für ziellos aber zielstrebig herumzugehen) ausfindig machten. Ihre neuen österreichischen Security-Man Connections, die bei den einzelnen Absperrungen standen, ließen uns durch mehrere Gänge durch, die für einen gewöhnlichen Artisten eigentlich nicht zugängig sind. An dieser Stelle, vielen Dank an Fritz für deine Hilfe und die zahlreichen Insidertips.

Wir schafften es hinein und so konnten wir gemütlich, gratis und natürlich etwas illegal, auf der Tribüne Platz nehmen. Dazu war dieser Bereich die erste Kurve nach der Zielgeraden bzw. nach der Boxenausfahrt, also konnten wir zahlreiche, spektakuläre Überholmanöver beobachten. Kurz vor dem Rennende, verließen wir die Tribüne und gingen zu einem weiteren Geheimeingang, wo das Tor zur Rennstrecke geöffnet werden sollte und man dann die Siegerehrung aus nächster Nähe sehen konnte. Als es dann so weit war, stürmten wir auf die Ziellinie zu und beobachteten, wie Lewis Hamilton ein weiteres Mal als Sieger gefeiert wurde. Im Anschluss sahen wir dann noch Niki Lauda, Ex-Fahrer David Coulthard und auch die Siegerautos des Rennens wurden bewundert. Es war ein unglaubliches Erlebnis mitten auf der Rennstrecke zu stehen und quasi neben sich eine Rennikone wie Niki Lauda stehen zu sehen.

Nun sind wir mit großer Verspätung endlich im Hotel angekommen, wo wir schnell alles packen, 2 Stunden schlafen und uns dann auf die Heimreise machen, wo wir all unsere tollen Erinnerungen, inklusive Muskelkater, mit nach Hause nehmen werden.

Dann gibt es auch noch jede Menge Fotos zu bewundern.

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Today we presented our second showprogram. But first we had some troubles with the strong wind. Sometimes sand came into our eyes, so we were a little worried if it gives us a hard time to see and catch our girls. The only good thing was, that it wasn’t that hot anymore. After our first show we visited a F1 Gamecenter, where we had a lot of fun with some Formula 1 race-simulators. We even learned how to change a wheel of a F1 car.

At our second show everything was great till the last song. Max fell down on the floor and somehow injured his shoulder and chest. Nevertheless, he fought till the end, but it was clear that he had to get a closer look at it. Therefore, Max, accompanied by Thomas, was driven with the ambulance, lead by a police escort, to the hospital, where 6 doctors made all kinds of test. They even checked if he had a heart attack because he pointed at his hurting chest. Meanwhile, the rest of the team started to change the whole choreography, to be able to perform without Thomas and Max. We knew the wouldn’t be back on time for the next show so we had to improvise as good as possible. Fortunately, the team was so focused that we did another great show and got a great feedback from the audience. After some time, Max and Thomas came back and we also got good news that his injury was nothing bad.

At the end of the day, we watched the qualifying and then made some party at the concert of Pitpull. Another part of the team got friends with the trapeze artists from london and some others also made it to go to the F1 track, walk on the racing course and even made connections with the staff.

 

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The first show-day started. After breakfast we went to the F1 racecourse at about 8.30 a.m. We rehearsed the whole choreography one more time and then prepared for our first show. With 100% concentration we performed and immediately it was clear that the audience will be totally amazed of our skills. Nevertheless, the heat was already horrible and that was just our first show. Our shirts were fully wet, our drinks were hot like tea and still, we were not allowed to lose concentration for one second. Not to imagine if we lose grip or slip in our own sweat. And that was just the first show. There were 3 more to come.

In our breaks we first talked to a Formula 1 designer from the USA and to professional trapeze artists from London. After that we got to watch an forum of some F1 stars, like Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rossberg, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Bernie Ecclestone and Niki Lauda. At the end, all those racers throw some caps into the crowd. Right away we used our acrobatics skills and made a shoulderstand to be the highest ones. All of the racers tried to throw their caps in our direction but unfortunately none of them had a great talent in aiming. But at the end we happily got one.

In the afternoon our Freaks fan of the year Dieter Völk surprised us by coming together with Patricia Völk to Bahrain and watching our shows. It was quite strange to see those familiar faces in the audience, although it’s such a far distance from home.

Unfortunately, our last show got cancelled because of some time troubles. So we used the rest of our evening to explore all the F1 fanshops and some of us watched the last part of the F1 practice.

 

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After a few hours sleep, we got up at 7:30 a.m., got some breakfast and made ourselves ready for departure to the racing track. We packed our equipment and a bus brought us the track. On the way we noticed some huge banners and advertisement buildings for the Formula 1 event. It seems like the whole city is getting ready for the race.

As we got off the bus, we were surprised by the heat and we knew, this won’t be an easy way to get through at our shows. Lucky that we have 4 instead of 6 shows per day.

 

Then we started with our stage training and unfortunately the matts got even hotter than expected. We couldn’t even stand on them, without getting blisters on the feet. So we started wearing two socks. Unfortunately this didn’t help either. So we took even 3 socks. But then, we got the good news that our stage will have some roof, so we don’t have to perform in the middle of the sun. But at the same time this was the bad news. The roof helped with the heat, but it wasn’t build high enough, which meant that we couldn’t present our high flying skills. We talked to the management but unfortunately there was nothing they could do about and we have to try to adjust to these circumstances. And surely we did. It took quite some time and some nerves to change the whole choreography but finally we made it and got all set for tomorrow.

“I can understand that my team was disappointed that we aren’t able to show our best skills. However, I know that we are still on a very high level and able to show some tricks, nobody has ever seen before. It will be an awesome time to perform here and the crowd will love our show for sure.”

 

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The day started with some bad news. Gerhard Brandstotter became sick over night and it was impossible for him to take part of the F1 journey. Therefore we flew with one man down to Bahrain. The flight itself was without any troubles. We had all our equipment and nobody else got sick on the plane. When we arrived in Bahrain we got picked up like VIP stars. Some photographers took some pictures of us and we got taken to the hotel by bus.

At the hotel the management team of the racing course welcomed us and gave us all the necessary information for the weekend. The best news was that instead of the planed 6 shows per day, we only had to perform 4. It would be still very draining and physically hard, but at least it was by far better than 6 shows. Tomorrow we are going to have some stage training and in the afternoon, we are going to meet an old Bahrain friend who is a photographer and hopefully take some great pictures. 1

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READY FOR DEPARTURE

Finally the time has come. After many weeks of hard work and intense preparation, we are ready for departure. The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Bahrain 2015. Indeed a top-event with thousands of visitors, lots of media and right in between TheFreaks.

I can still remember how speechless we were, as the event-manager told us, after our performances at the 6 hours endurance race, that he wants to rebook as for the F1 event. It was such a great acknowledgement to be the one who is allowed to perform at the main event of Bahrain. After all, there are so many fantastic artists who perform there throughout the year.

Right after we had arrived back in Austria, the Bahrain agency contacted me and sent me all the details for our shows at the F1 event. I have to admit, at first I was pretty shocked. We need to perform 6 times per day, 3 days in a row, and 30 minutes show-duration each. At street festivals we usually perform 3 shows a day, and that’s quite challenging. Now we have to perform twice as much. But that’s not it. The area we perform at has no roofing, which means we have to perform in the sun. In April Bahrain has about 30 degrees Celsius.

So, it won’t be just physically a big challenge but also in terms of concentration. After all, one small mistake during our shows can have a fatal ending. Therefore, we had a very intense preparation during the last weeks. We wanted to be as fit as we can possibly be for such an event. We trained twice as hard, added a lot of strength- and conditioning-training, reduced our waterbreaks and even after many hours of practice, we still tried to push ourselves.

I think it’s hard to imagine how strenuous and hot it will be, but we also know that the crowd and the great atmosphere there will push our limits. We know, this is a great possibility and perhaps a once in a lifetime chance to perform at such a great event at such a great location. Therefore we will definitely enjoy every single minute in Bahrain. We will show how awesome and spectacular we are and what a wonderful team a small country such as Austria has to offer. It’s going to be a unforgettable Adventure we are all looking forward to.