Against the modernist, urban landscape of Barcelona, the two push off on a single skateboard through a set of breathtaking twists, turns and flips. With split-second timing, they pull off a series of previously unseen stunts that are choreographed to a stunning soundtrack: rock artist Hanni El Khatib’s “You Rascal You”. This tandem performance will fundamentally change your opinion about skateboarding. Is it ballet? Is it art? Is it sport? Judge for yourself!
Kilian Martin and Alberto Urbon sat down to give Bettery an interview about the making of the film and their interactions with the urban landscape.
How long did you practice the performance for the smart fortwo clip? What was your inspiration for the choreography?
Alfredo Urbon: It took us five days of rehearsing; it was really a lot of fun. Once we knew what tricks we were able to do, we had a great conversation with Ben Newman, the director, to study what kind of choreography would match best.
How do you know each other?
Kilian Martin: We have a lot of friends in common. I lived three years in Lloret de Mar (Gerona), which is very close to where Alfredo is based. We used to meet and skate together at the skate park. I always admired how good he is.
Kilian, at the moment everyone talks about your creative, unusual style. How do you develop new tricks? What are your inspirations?
Kilian Martin: I usually write my ideas down in a notebook. Those ideas sometimes end up as a new trick and some other times they lead me to other ideas. Also other creative skateboarders are inspiring me. Having fun and expressing yourself is what helps me express myself.
Skateboarding is an important part of urban life these days. How does skateboarding influence the appearance of a city?
Alfredo Urbon: We look at cities as an empty canvas where we can express ourselves. Regular obstacles you find on the streets as a creative tool.
What are your favorite cities for skateboarding? What makes a good skate spot?
Kilian Martin: My favorite cities to skate are Barcelona and Los Angeles. I think there isn’t a good or bad skate spot. It’s just the way you work around it that makes it exciting. When it comes to making videos, I would choose a stunning background with an abstract obstacle to skate in an original way.
How is individual mobility going to look in 2050?
Alfredo Urbon: Hopefully just cars that don’t pollute the air, DeLoreans from “Back to the Future” and flying hover boards.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Kilian Martin: I have a new pro model board coming up with Powell Peralta. Can’t wait! Also, I’m filming a lot. I like to keep video projects secret so they strike like a cobra.