In 2010, the Flying Steps presented a novel project with their founder Vartan Bassil and the Berlin opera director Christoph Hagel in the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin:
“Flying Bach” was the successful combination of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier with breakdance. Since then, over a million people in more than 50 countries have seen Flying Bach worldwide.
In 2023, on the thirtieth anniversary of the Flying Steps, Vartan Bassil and Christoph Hagel will present their new collaboration to the audience: “Flying Hänsel and Gretel” will celebrate its world premiere on October 1st, 2023 in the Cologne Philharmonic, followed by a tour of 13 German venues Cities.
The international dance company Flying Steps consciously chose this “originally German” material. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Humperdinck's opera of the same name, the Flying Steps and Christoph Hagel translate the story into our time with elements of breakdance, hip hop and rap.
Today “Hansel & Gretel” are “sent into the forest” in a different way – but they are no less alone on TikTok and Instagram than they were in Grimm’s time. The Flying Steps perform “Hansel & Gretel” at the highest dance level! Your synthesis of classical, hip hop, pop and break dance, which you invented and is still unrivaled in quality, forms the basis for danced media criticism under the conditions of social media and thus hits one of the biggest pain points of this time.