INSIDE THE 1972 BOXING RING
Is boxing a dance? The parallels between top physical execution and spatial and artistic precision are unmistakable. Martial arts and dance are among some of the oldest expressions of cultural action. They are art forms that are highly integrative and connect people of diverse nationalities and cultures. They share content such as rhythm, trust, respect and perseverance. In boxing and dance, artists execute in precision and body control. Both reach the pinnacle of human skill acquisition and are trained to make split-second decisions of perception and reaction. The brutality of ballet is often overlooked and the grace of boxing escapes many. Together, the two disciplines can reshape each other.
The project is a collaboration between classical dancers from the Bayerisches Junior Ballett München as well as from the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and boxers from Boxwerk München e.V.. Framed by international comparative fights in elite Olympic boxing, the fact that the Israeli boxing team meets athletes from the Bavarian Boxing Association in the original boxing ring of the 1972 Munich Games is based on the conviction that racism and anti-Semitism has no place in society.
Project Concept: Nick Trachte
Choreographer : Jasmine Ellis
Choreographic assistance: Rita Soares, Pier-Loup Lacour
Dramaturge: Martina Missel
Performances: Dancers of the Bavarian Junior Ballett Munich: Chiara Bacci, Jacopo Iadimarco, Luca Massara, Tyler Robinson, Soren Sakadales, Zofia Wara-Wasowska
Dancers of the State Theater at Gärtnerplatz: Jana Baldovino, Alexander Hille, Pier-Loup Lacour and Amelie Lambrichts as well as the boxers Kakande Muzamiru and Mandela Osborn
Live-Music: Lukas Bamesreiter, Tomas Novak, Anna Tausch
Participating Athletes and Coaches in the International Exhibition Matches in Olympic Boxing: Israel Boxing Association/ Bavarian Boxing Team (Boxwerk München e.V./BABV)
Ring Announcer / Moderators: Klaus B. Wolf & Uwe Schilhaneck
A Project by: Boxwerk München e.V. / Bayerischer Boxverband (BABV) / Jasmine Ellis Projects
In Cooperation with: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Bayerisches Junior Ballett München (ambassador: Dr. h c. Irène Lejeune), Heinz-Bosl Stiftung.
A project as part of the 50th anniversary of the Munich 1972 Olympic Games - Festival of Games, Sports and Arts. Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich.