Two audiences people wouldn't expect to come together in a theater are enjoying the work of championship break dancers The Flying Steps in Chicago this week.
During the show "Red Bull Flying Bach," The Flying Steps are combining the dynamic and gritty choreography of urban break dance with classical music. The group continues performances through Sunday at The Civic Opera House in Chicago.
"We're happy to come to Chicago," said Flying Steps dancer Mikel (Michael Rosemann), who added there's a great energy about the city.
The "Flying Bach" performance in Chicago marks the group's exclusive U.S. tour stop. Founded in 1993, The Flying Steps hail from Berlin. In the last couple of years, the group performed sold-out shows in Europe, Australia, Japan, Chile and Canada.
The Flying Steps' current show is a unique production which pairs urban dance styles such as popping and locking, b-boying and house with Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier."
"At first, (we thought) of it as a big challenge when we had the idea of bringing break dancing and classical music together," Mikel said.
But it's something they looked forward to exploring as they meshed breaking and a classical soundtrack. He said when he heard Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier," he thought "Let's go for it!"
Mikel said their current unique take on the performance art is drawing a varied audience.
"What we like is that (all ages) come to our show. We also see little kids and they're bringing their grandma with them," he said.
For Mikel, break dancing has been an art he's perfected over the last two decades.
"I started dancing in 1991. I grew up in a family with two brothers and two sisters and we all watched and listened to MTV," he said. Break dancing and hip-hop music had made its way to Europe in a big way at that time and Mikel said he was definitely interested.
Mikel said, with the "Flying Bach" show, he hopes to re-introduce audiences to a re-energized form of break dancing.
"We want to show the people it's an art and not just a street thing."
In addition to The Flying Steps male dance team, Swedish ballerina Anna Holmstrom also performs in the production.
FYI: "Red Bull Flying Bach" will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Tickets are $24 to $88. Visit ticketmaster.com/Red-Bull-Flying-Bach-tickets/artist/1595623