You won’t have seen anything like the dance show coming to Milton Keynes Theatre this week.
Dance Consortium is staging Compagnie Käfig’s Boxe Boxe, a knockout combination of boxing and dance that is rarely seen in the UK.
There are two shows over Tuesday and Wednesday.
With choreography by artistic director Mourad Merzouki, Boxe Boxe brings the brutality and elegance of both boxing and dance where the contrasting worlds collide in a spine-tingling show which packs a knock-out punch.
Said Merzouki: “Each aspect of boxing has an equivalent in choreography: the ring and the stage, the gong and the curtain going up, the referee and the eagle-eyed critics.
“For me there are all kinds of similarities.
“So there’s a mix – the excitement of combat and fear of the spectators: the gut fear of getting badly knocked about, of taking a licking, together with that great feeling of abandoning yourself, of achieving absolute fulfilment in that magic moment on stage or in the ring.”
The company consists of eight dancers blend martial arts, street and contemporary dance to create a spirited and stunning fusion of hip-hop and fisticuffs.
Boxe Boxe looks to the drama and theatricality of boxing where bright red gloves effortlessly morph into puppets and punch balls explode like featherweight balloons.
The choreography combines humour, melancholy and romance.
The dancers move in perfect unison to live music from the Debussy String who perform on stage alongside the dancers, with beautifully rendered music including Schubert, Ravel, Philip Glass and Glenn Miller.