CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne Compagnie Käfig — Boxe Boxe

13 & 14 Jun 2014

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People's Palace

Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS


France’s Compagnie Käfig returns to the UK with Boxe Boxe, a breathtaking show, fusing the art of boxing, dance and live music played by a string quartet. With choreography by Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki, the brutality and elegance of both these contrasting worlds collide in a spine-tingling show which packs a knock-out punch.

**** " Boxe Boxe puts an elegant spin on its own neat blend of hip hop moves and the body language of boxing "

Eight exceptional dancers blend martial arts, street and contemporary dance to create a spirited and stunning fusion of hip hop and fisticuffs which has dazzled audiences the world over. Boxe Boxe draws on the rich pageantry and theatricality of boxing where bright red gloves effortlessly morph into puppets and punch balls explode like featherweight balloons.

" It could hardly be more powerful…a real knockout "

The dancers move in perfect unison with accompaniment from an onstage string quartet, with beautifully rendered music including Schubert, Ravel, Philip Glass and Glenn Miller injecting a further dash of romanticism and melancholy into scenes.

Co-presented with Spitalfields Music, Boxe Boxe is a powerful and original dance work which will leave you clambering for ringside seats.

**** "Merzouki has taken the language of hip hop, and filtered it through the lens of his own experience so it speaks with the accent of a working-class Lyon man from a family of North-African Kabyle Berbers. If that isn’t art, I don’t know what is"
Part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

People's Palace

Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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