Vampires, the lords of darkness, the creatures of the night, the dark knights (or was that Batman?).
Vampires are mythical creatures that have sparkled human curiosity for hundreds of years. It doesn’t really matter if they sparkle or turn themselves into bats, they are pretty cool creatures. And, since 2007, vaulters have been interested on this subject as well.
1. T1 – Ingelsberg (Germany) – 2007/2006
What I find interesting about this freestyle is that Ingelsberg started building it step by step. In 2005 they already used a little bit of the vampire music, but it was only in 2006 that they decided to fully turn into vampires. They also worked on evolving the theme as it went. At first the flyer (Stephanie Ostermaier) would wear a green outfit, but for the Europeans in 2007 they put her in white clothings, which totally made a difference because it became much lighter, and they actually won. They beat Wildegg’s Perfume freestyle that year (I actually find it a pitty because I am a Wildegg’s fan). But it’s ok because both of them have already been invited to Vaulting News’ Big Costume Party.
The freestyle is based on the musical “The Dance of the Vampires” which is inspired by the movie from Roman Polanski.
I remember that in 2007 I was in Aachen and I actually received a little magazine that explained the theme, the clothings and each character. It was super cool.
2. Devon Maitozo and Rosalind Ross (USA) – 2011
This was another interesting interpretation of vampires. It happened just one year after FACE vaulters won the golden medal at the WEGs in Kentucky and it showed the intimacy and connection between these two great vaulters. To be true, I think it’s a real good prelude to what they became the following year – in my personal opinion, Devon and Rosalind’s performance to Sail is one of the most beautiful performances I’ve ever saw.
3. Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs (Germany) – 2015
Well, if we are talking about vampires, this is as good as it gets. I don’t really have to say much more. It’s a mix of twilight and dracula.