2014’s World Tour will stop in both Toronto and Montreal this October. These will be the only Canadian cities selected for this sought out tour. In 2011, Red Bull Flying Bach materialized with its first European Tour, which sold out completely, leading to two additional tours in 2012 and 2013.
In a 65-minute live show, the Flying Steps and Christoph Hagel pair live breakdance choreography with the music of German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Focusing specifically on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier with live musical accompaniment from pianists, along with harpsichord musicians and electronic beats, the dances transcend boundaries between classical music and youth subculture.
Vartan Bassil, choreographer and founder of the Flying Steps, reflects that the 2014 World Tour is, “a dream come true”, adding, “this will be, by far, our most extensive and elaborate set of shows. It’s the only way we can continue to fascinate each crowd and each country with our art”. Christoph Hagel adds, “you’d think the two forms of art would clash, but this classical music actually blends beautifully with breakdance; it’s something you have to see to believe”.
The Flying Steps
Germany’s most popular breakdance crew has been founded by Vartan and Amigo in Berlin. Since 1993, the Flying Steps have won four breakdance world championships (2x Red Bull Beat Battle, 2 x Battle Of The Year) and are well known for their successful musical projects and top-class performances on big stages around the world. Their role in the scene has grown through their social commitment and their own dance school, the Flying Steps Dance Academy. For their first own production Red Bull Flying Bach they have been awarded with the highly reputated “ECHO Klassik Sonderpreis 2010”, a music award for outstanding achievements in classical music.
The Well-Tempered Clavier
“Let the Well-Tempered Clavier be your daily bread”, famous German composer Schumann suggested in his work ‘Musikalische Haus- und Lebensregeln’ in 1850, calling Johann Sebastian Bach’s ground-breaking collection of solo keyboard music “the work of all works” at another occasion. For many exceptional musicians since, the Well-Tempered Clavier has offered the nourishment they required. It is widely regarded as one of the most important works in the history of classical music and the most influential pantonal composition. German conductor Hans von Bülow even called it the “Old Testament for piano players”.
In Red Bull Flying Bach, the Flying Steps are visualising preludes and fugues 1-12 of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Part I:
C-major // C-minor
Cis-major // Cis-minor
D-major // D-minor
Es-major // Es-minor