Inspired by Bach : Flying Bach


"Intet nytt under solen", Bach er og har vært inspirasjonskilde for svært mange skapende mennesker - uavhengig av kunstform og sjanger. Albert Schweitzer mente alt fører til Bach, i forståelsen at Bach var et vendepunkt som alt pekte frem mot før, og alt i ettertid pekte tilbake til. 

FLYING BACH is the first breakdance show to have won an ECHO Klassik special award, Germany´s most important award in the music industry.

To this day, FLYING BACH has toured 35 countries - from USA to Kasachstan, from Australia over Japan to Finland - and fascinated more than 500.000 people. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harpsichord and electronic beats. With head spins, power moves and freezes. And with a love story of its own.

Flying Bach

Where breakdance meets classical music - performed by Flying Steps

Bach and breakdance don't go well together? The four-time breakdance world champion Flying Steps and renowned opera director Christoph Hagel prove that breakdancing and classical music are the perfect match - with their fascinating musical performance, FLYING BACH. This one-of-a-kind, innovative adaptation of Johannes Sebastian Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" breaks down the barriers between high and urban culture.

The Idea

In 2010, with the sizzling premier of their feature length FLYING BACH show in Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie the Flying Steps proved that breakdance is an excellent medium to interpret the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The inspiration for the show came to Flying Steps founder and artistic director Vartan Bassil after a visit to a classical concert. "I liked the idea of replacing a ballerina doing pirouettes on tiptoes with a breakdancer doing head spins," he explains.

How it all began...

Founded by Vartan Bassil in Berlin in 1993, the Flying Steps were soon able to call themselves quadruple world champions.

Vartan Bassil
Vartan Bassil

At the time, many others thought this concept could never work. But that didn't stop Vartan from pursuing his goal. "My dream was to create a feature length breakdance show to classical music", he says. The idea to use Johann Sebastian Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" came from opera conductor Christoph Hagel, who works together with Bassil as an artistic director. Together they aspired to create a show that was more than breakdancing to a classical soundtrack. They wanted the dancers to embody the music and use it to convey a story to the audience.

Bli kjent med spetakkelet som er Red Bull Flying Bach

Red Bull Flying Bach kombinerer musikken til Johann Sebastian Bach med breaking, så bli med når vi hvisker ut grensene mellom klassisk musikk og moderne dansekultur.