One of the most technically difficult songs to sing is Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s no wonder judges on singing shows roll their eyes every time a contestant opts to try their hand at it. Freddie Mercury’s voice is one a kind and nailing the opera-cum-rock vibe is no easy feat. It is, nevertheless, an outstanding tour de force and one that inspires beautiful pieces of work.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the track, Erina Takahaski and James Forbat—the lead principal and first soloist of the English National Ballet—performed a ballet routine to it. It’s a cathartic viewing experience; one you move to with each twirl and flip. The strength of Mercury’s enigmatic voice is matched by the strength of these dancers. Their power is a thrill to see unfold. Whoever said ballet requires classical music is wrong. Classic rock pairs just as well, and performances like this highlight the versatility of Queen’s iconic song. Now, if you don’t mind, we’ll be getting lost in this for the rest of the day.