The Flying Steps, a four-time world champion breakdance group, and opera director Christoph Hagel have joined forces to erase the line between classical music and urban culture. They took Johann Sebastian Bach’s "The Well-Tempered Clavier" and paired it with electronic beats and hard-hitting dance moves. They stop by Chicago Tonight to discuss how they are fusing cultures, and blending elements of ballet and classical music with urban dance.
Classical music meets urban street dance at the Red Bull Flying Bach event starting this week. The world-renown Flying Steps takes on Chicago's famed Civic Opera House in a show that is sure to please all music lovers. This 70 minute show combines elements of Harlem's breakdancing and hip hop culture with the musical arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier." Event-goers can expect to see head spins and freezes to the sounds of harpsichords and pianos. The show runs from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22 and Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June, 29. Tickets cost between $24 and $88.
Civic Opera House
20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Photos: The Flying Steps rehearse
--Photos by Josclynn Brandon