Brick City Boxing

Special Event: “STRIKE!”

The International Street Cannibals Present
A Boxing and Chamber Music Concert Event at the legendary Gleason’s Gym (Dumbo, Brooklyn), Saturday, March 16, 2013

“A bold gang of seasoned chamber musicians, dancers, singers, and composers…a brisk series of performances that are creatively designed and rigorously executed” – Peter Christian Hall, Huffington Post

“Loosening the straitjackets that usually bind listeners during live music events…an interactive alliance for intellectual entertainment.” – Angela Sutton, Feast of Music

The International Street Cannibals (ISC), hailed by The New York Times as a “brash new-music ensemble,” join forces with young boxers from the legendary Gleason’s Gym for “STRIKE!” – a concert event in which contemporary chamber music commingles with boxing rounds and choreography.

STRIKE! will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., at the historic Gleason’s Gym – training home of 132 world champions, among them Mohammed Ali, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and Roberto Duran – located at 77 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Tickets are $20 ($15 for Gleason’s Gym members and students) and are available by calling 718-797-2872.

Part of an ongoing series, STRIKE! brings together boxing, dance and chamber music, allowing each discipline to combine in surprising partnerships while engendering new artistic forms. New music compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers as well as modern masters will be heard in the unfamiliar, yet highly disciplined environment of the boxing ring.

Short 10 to 12-minute sets of 3-minute chamber music works will alternate with 9-minute boxing bouts of 3 rounds each. 60-second thematic interludes that can involve music and/or movement will serve as transitions between the boxing rounds. Performances will take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing from one ring to another to follow the sequential flow of the evening.

A dance component directed by Dance Director/choreographer Megan Sipe will also play an essential role in this mix, contributing to unify the choreographies of these various genres.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for the Gleason’s Gym’s “Give a Kid a Dream” program. For the past sixteen years, the program has provided children from disadvantage backgrounds a place to come and develop themselves both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing.

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