Break Dancing with Classical Music: Red Bull Flying Bach at the Chicago Theatre (September 25, 2015)

In the lobby of the Chicago theatre where the audience enters, a DJ is playing hits such as “Uptown Funk” and “Crazy” by Gnarles Barkley as violinist accompanies him. This collaboration sets up what is to come. Can classical music and break dancing go together? Flying Bach shows that they can.

For the slowest parts, break dancing is shown on a screen in slow motion which looks incredible. At just a bit faster speed, they have a classically trained female dancer take the stage. For the rest of the speeds, the break dancing matches expertly. The power moves and freezes are timed precisely with the notes. When a dancer spins on his head during an intense portion of Bach, the crowd erupts in applause.

Spliced in between the classical music portions are electronic beats which are more commonly associated with break dancing. The transition between the two is very smooth and shows how excellently this show was put together. This show elevates break dancing to an art form which definitely can be performed with classical music. Catch their final two shows in Chicago tonight and tomorrow!

Quinn Delaney

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