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August 10, 2018

World Champion dance troupe “Flying Steps” star in electrifying show set to classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach

MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that FLYING BACH, starring Germany’s four-time world champion Flying Steps breakdance troupe, is coming to the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave.) on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. FLYING BACH, interprets the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, widely regarded as one of the most important works in the history of classical music. The result is an entertaining and electrifying production for people of all ages and demographics. Since its debut in 2014, the world’s first classical music and breakdancing crossover show has sold more than a half million tickets and performed in 35 countries.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave.), charge-by-phone at (800) 982-2787 and online at

Sunday Oct. 21 5:30 p.m. State Theatre $43, $63, $83

All pricing includes a Building and Restoration Fee of $4.

The show itself combines Bach’s classical masterpiece with modern electronic beats and clever choreography, a blending of the creative minds of Creative Director Vartan Bassil and the accomplished classical pianist, creative Director Christoph Hagel.  “Flying Bach combines urban culture with classical influences, replacing ballerinas doing pirouettes with world champion breakdance artists,” says Bassil.

The story follows seven dancers and one teacher, rehearsing for their big day as arguments, fights, disappointments and delights ensue. A mysterious woman joins the story and the conflicts climax: contemporary dance meets breakdance, man meets woman, desire meets refusal, and arrogance meets curiosity.

Germany’s Flying Steps, celebrating their 25th anniversary, was founded by Vartan Bassil & Kadir “Amigo“ Memis.  They are four-time breakdance world champions. As of today, more than 40 professional dancers are part of the company. In 2007, they also founded the Flying Steps Academy with more than 35 teachers and 2,100 students — now the biggest urban dance school in Germany.

From October 2018 to the end of 2019, The Goethe-Institut, Germany’s globally active cultural institute emphasizing the unique importance of transatlantic relations, will work promote projects within business, politics, education, culture and science in across the world and the U.S.  Flying Bach is part of this program.

The FLYING BACH Flying Steps cast includes:
Benny Kimoto aka “B-BOY J-SUN”

Gengis Ademoski aka “LIL CENG”

Niranh Chanthabouasy aka “LIL ROCK”

Timothèe Andriamanantena aka “BBOY TIM“

Willy Hem aka “B-BOY WILLY“

Fouad Ambelj aka “LIL ZOO“

Yamine Manaa aka “SPIDER”

Keiko Moriyama

Michael Rosemann aka “MIKEL”

The tour is produced by Flying Steps Entertainment, Semmel Concerts and Global Entertainment Group.

Connect with FLYING BACH online at:


Instagram: @FlyingBack_Official

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts. We serve the community through our three historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. All performances of the Broadway on Hennepin series are supported by Bank of America. All performances of the Living Legend series are supported by BMO Harris Bank. Spotlight Showcase is sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, Slumberland Furniture and Sun Country Airlines. Learn more at

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