Friday, June 20th thru Sunday, June 29th The Flying Steps, four-time break dance world champions at the Civic Opera House Chicago.
This June, Chicago scores a major coup in the arts & performance sphere: The Flying Steps, four-time break dance world champions, perform Red Bull Flying Bach, a show making its exclusive U.S. stop in Chicago only for six performances at the prestigious Civic Opera House, June 20-29. This follows a sweeping tour with sold-out shows in over 24 European cities plus Japan, Australia, Canada and Chile.
Red Bull Flying Bach blends eye-popping urban dance - power moves, head spins, flairs, freezes, popping & locking - with live classical music performed by Christoph Hagel, opera director and pianist extraordinaire. Swedish ballerina Anna Holmstrom joins the seven international members of The Flying Steps. German-Lebanese b'boy Vartan Bassil is the show’s lead choreographer. The music? J. S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, of course, plus electronic beats. Two disparate genres like classical music and break dance come together in amazing and surprising ways. Get a peek here.
Bach and breakdance don't go well together? The four-time breakdance world champions The Flying Steps and opera director Christoph Hagel prove the contrary with their breathtaking performance, Red Bull Flying Bach. With their interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, they shift and overcome the borders between classical and urban culture. By combining Bach's classical masterpiece with modern electronic beats and clever choreography, the audience of each performance truly experiences a powerhouse production invoking visual amusement with delightful sound.
Red Bull Flying Bach has sold out theaters around the world, such as Sweden, Australia, Germany, Iceland, Chile, Russia, Japan and Austria. The show itself is a beautiful blend of the minds of Artistic Directors Vartan Bassil (choreography) and Christoph Hagel (piano, musical director). The Civic Opera house, playing host to this one-of-a-kind performance, is eager to have the show debut on its famed stage later this year.
"We're really excited to host Flying Bach for their U.S. premiere this June," said Rich Regan, Director of Facilities at the Civic Opera House. "It's a groundbreaking blend of traditional and contemporary entertainment that will be completely new to Chicago audiences."
Swedish ballerina Anna Holmstrom joins the seven male break-dancers of The Flying Steps, fusing key elements of urban dance culture with precision ballet.