Flipside 2023: Control Freak

Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Kulu Orr (Israel)
  • Date:
    2 - 4 Jun 2023
  • Time:
    2 Jun, Fri: 8:00pm
    3 Jun, Sat: 2:00pm & 5:00pm
    4 Jun, Sun: 2:00pm
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Recital Studio
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  • Language:
  • Admission:
    Standard - $38
    Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs (Limited) - $30

    Esplanade&Me Specials
    Black & White: 15% savings
    Discover: 10% savings (Limited tickets)

  • Advisory:
    Admission Age: 6 and above.


Control Freak  is a solo performance fusing together circus arts, music, humour and state of the art technology.

A funny and touching character appears on stage, interacting with the audience in awkward and amusing ways as he struggles with social inaptitude and with the complex systems on stage. Eventually he wins over both audience and technology, playing intricate live music while simultaneously performing circus skills, manipulating lights and performing real-time video editing.

In several hilarious segments, audience volunteers are pulled into the orchestral mayhem, and eventually the entire audience becomes part of the music creation process.

At the beating heart of the show are rich musical arrangements of timeless compositions, played live using feet-controlled loop stations: From Bach, Beethoven and Pachelbel to Nina Simone, The Beatles and beyond.

Want to learn about the cutting-edge technology and innovative concepts behind Control Freak? Participate in [i]Freaky Control[/i], a hands-on workshop where you'll be guided to construct your own digital musical instrument and pick up some creative ways to utilise digital technology in performance.

There will be a short post-show dialogue with the artist after every performance.

Flipside 2023: Control Freak