Ballantine's Takes Skateboarding To The Opera

Pro skater Kilian Martin puts his own spin on "Carmen."

Even if you've never heard its name, chances are you'll still recognize "Toreador song." What may be a bit disorienting for actual opera fans is seeing a guy skateboarding to it.

As part of its ongoing "Stay True, Leave an Impression" campaign, Ballantine's recruited renowned skateboarding flatlander Kilian Martin to take his street skills to the stage.

Martin—a younger, Spanish version of the legend Rodney Mullen—adapts his own art form to offer up an acrobatic performance of Bizet's classic tale that's got to be a first. The action starts at 1:19—so stick around for the whole show.

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  • Jess Helmke

    Arts Integration is a fundamental method I use when I work.

    It may be for a rehearsal, or a lecture, but it's not only the way I collaborate and create with other artists, but a unique, underestimated, and virtually unused way of reaching a result.

    But I create some of my best work this way. Because if my work is successful, then I've accomplished a goal. And if it fails, I learn what needed to learn, and can move forward....

    Textual artists 'mix' (integrate) media mediums all the time. Why wouldn't a theatrical and film artist do the same?

    Thank you, FastCompany & CoCreate for revealing, I'm not the only one.

    "You might say I'm a dreamer.."