Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil

Boxe Boxe

2010 production

This show brings together dance, boxing and classical music. Playing on the contrasts and similarities between the disciplines, Merzouki defies clichés.

“ Boxing’s a form of dance anyway. I realized that as a teenager, when I got into hip-hop after years of doing martial arts.

While one is identified with brutality and violence and the other with grace and pleasure, I found a touch of all these ingredients in each of them.

I’ll be putting these contrasts to work in this new piece, because 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.

Like martial arts, dance demands hard work, sweat, no effort spared ; in both the « performer » commits himself and suffers the same encounter with the void in the form of his opponent or the audience. No weaknesses or flaws allowed – he has to satisfy the public. The further I go down my path as a choreographer, the clearer it is that you really have to show your mettle. When fame and recognition are no longer enough, only risk-taking – the face-off, the leap into the unknown, and ultimately your battle with yourself – will keep you going.

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.

Now I want to relive those feelings, those moments of release and letting go. The move from boxing to dance is like a pirouette : like when Chaplin turns a street brawl into a hilarious choreographed sequence.”

Mourad Merzouki


“ A hip-hop company and a string quartet – unimaginable ? The Debussy String Quartet and Mourad Merzouki don’t think so, which is why they are dauntlessly joining forces for a performance based on boxing. On go the gloves and the battle begins.

Summoned into the ring are the composers Maurice Ravel, Giuseppe Verdi, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert with his celebrated Death and the Maiden quartet, Philipp Glass with Dracula, and Henryk Gorecki. This Ring is definitely not the Wagner version. The musicians are not on stage just to interpret the music : their on-stage role has been thought through and meticulously prepared in association with the choreographer. In parallel with their work as a classical string quartet, the Debussy string quartet have long been engaged with other artistic domains.

Their motto, you could say is curiosity, surprise, renewal, discovery and sharing ; and with them they have built bridges to such different disciplines as dance (Maguy Marin, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wayne McGregor, Abou Lagraa and others), theatre (with Philippe Delaigue, Richard Brunel, Jean Lacornerie…) and contemporary music (Olivier Mellano, Robert le Magnifique). This is a quartet that is never short of innovative ideas.

So the challenge has been taken up and the battle has begun !”

Quatuor Debussy


Press

"Merzouki drew on personal memories for Boxe Boxe, a new work that sent the applause meter through the roof." Les Échos

"The poetry is played up by a delightful merging of sinuous hip-hop and music that leaps from Schubert to Gorecki to Philip Glass. Add in the humour and physical prowess of the dancers and you’ve got subtle, genial entertainment." La Croix

Distribution

Artistic direction and choreography Mourad Merzouki

Music design Quatuor Debussy and AS’N

String quartets - perform alternately with :
Quatuor Debussy – Christophe Collette, Marc Vieillefon, Vincent Deprecq, Fabrice Bihan
Quatuor Varèse - Francois Galichet, Jean-Louis Constant, Sylvain Séailles, Thomas Ravez
Quatuor Phidias - Lyonel Schmit, Alex Greffin Klein, Caroline Donin, Julien Decoin

Dancers Rémi Autechaud known as RMS, Guillaume Chan Ton and/or Mourad Merzouki, Aurélien Desobry, Magali Duclos, Frédéric Lataste, David Rodrigues, Steven Valade and Teddy Verardo

Lighting design Yoann Tivoli, assisted by Nicolas Faucheux and Julie-Lola Lanteri-Cravet

Stage design Benjamin Lebreton in collaboration with Mourad Merzouki

Costume design Emilie Carpentier, assisted by Pierre-Yves Loup Forest and Mathilde Boulay

Set construction Patrick Lerat

Painting Camille Courier de Mèré and Benjamin Lebreton

Production

Executive producer Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig
Co-producers Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Espace Albert Camus de Bron
With the support of Quatuor Debussy

With the support of Musique nouvelle en liberté

SEASON 2013-2014

  • September 15 Classique au Vert Festival - Paris
  • October 10 Théâtre municipal - Roanne
  • October 12 Centre culturel régional L’Eden - Charleroi - Belgium
  • October 15 Théâtre - Narbonne
  • November 21st Théâtre Roger Barat - Herblay
  • November 28 - 30 Les Gémeaux / Scène nationale - Sceaux
  • January 26 - 27 Equilibre – Nuithonie - Villars-sur-Glâne - Switzerland
  • February 4 - 5 Théâtre - Villefranche-sur-Saône
  • March 4 Espace culturel Boris Vian - Les Ulis
  • March 19 - 21 Radiant-Bellevue - Caluire
    Dance Consortium United Kingdom Tour :
  • March 25 - 26 Milton Keynes Theatre
  • March 29 Theatre Royal - Newcastle
  • April 1st - 2nd Edinburgh Festival Theatre
  • April 4 - 5 Theatre Royal - Plymouth
  • April 8 The Lowry - Salford
  • April 10 Curve Theatre - Leicester
  • April 14 - 15 Mayflower Theatre - Southampton
  • April 17 - 18 Dome - Brighton
  • May 10 - 11 Domaine d’O - Saperlipopette Festival - Montpellier
  • May 15 Opéra national, Casino Barrière - Bordeaux
  • May 27 Bayer Kulturhaus, Erholungshaus - Leverkusen - Germany
  • June 13 - 14 People’s Place with Sadler’s Wells, Spitafields Music Summer Festival - London -
    United Kingdom

SEASON 2012-2013

  • Oct. 16 Théâtre Anne de Bretagne – Vannes
  • Nov. 8-10 Théâtre d’Angoulême
  • Nov. 20 Salle Ravel – Levallois
  • Nov. 23 Grande Salle Kabardock, Le Port – Ile-de-la-Réunion
  • Jan. 20 Centre Culturel – Bergerac
  • Jan. 22 L’Odyssée – Périgueux
  • Jan. 26 Espace Jean-Lurçat – Juvisy-sur-Orge
  • Jan 31 – Feb. 1st Le Carré – scène nationale de Château-Gontier
  • Feb. 7 Théâtre Saint-Louis – Cholet
  • March 15 Centre Athanor – Montluçon
  • March 30-31 Théâtre des Haras – Bonlieu Scène Nationale – Annecy
  • April 4 Scène Nationale d’Evreux-Louviers
  • April 7 Théâtre Claude Debussy – Maisons-Alfort
  • April 9 Théâtre André Malraux – Rueil-Malmaison
  • April 11 Espace Carpeaux – Courbevoie
  • April 13 Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon
  • May 23 Théâtre d’Onet le Château
  • May 25 Croisée des Arts – St Maximin
  • June 8 Macao Cultural Centre - Macao – China

SEASON 2011-2012

  • Aug.27 Septembre Musical – Alençon
  • Sept. 9 to 18 Maison de la Danse – Biennale de la Danse de Lyon
  • Oct. 4 Opéra Théâtre – St Etienne
  • Oct. 8 Le Carré – Ste Maxime
  • Oct. 12 Le Dôme théâtre – Albertville
  • Oct. 15 Théâtre de l’Olivier – Istres
  • Oct. 18 Maison de la Culture – Nevers
  • Oct. 29 Toonelhuis – Anvers I Belgium
  • Nov. 4 TPE - Bezons
  • Nov. 8 L’Espale – Le Mans
  • Nov. 10 La Coursive – La Rochelle
  • Nov. 15 L’Hippodrome – Douai
  • Nov. 17 to 19 Maison de la Musique - Nanterre
  • Nov. 22 Théâtre de St Quentin
  • Nov. 27 Teatro Comunale, Ferrara I Italy –France Danse Festival
  • Nov. 29 Teatro Comunale, Vicenza I Italy – France Danse Festival
  • Dec. 8-9 Le Cratère - Alès
  • Dec. 13-14 L’Archipel – Perpignan
  • Dec. 16 Théâtre du Beausobre – Morges I Switzerland
  • Jan. 7-11 Espace Albert Camus – Bron
  • Jan. 14 Espace Marcel Carné – St Michel sur Orge
  • Jan. 17 Espace Montgolfier - Davézieux
  • Jan. 18-20 La Rampe – Echirolles
  • Jan. 24-25 La Passerelle – Gap
  • Jan. 28 Pôle Culturel – Alfortville
  • Jan. 31 Le Sémaphore – Cébazat
  • Feb. 3 Centre des Bords de Marne – Le Perreux
  • Feb. 5 Théâtre Gérard Philippe – Champigny
  • Feb. 7 Théâtre Olympia - Arcachon
  • Feb. 10 L’Embarcadère – Montceau les Mines
  • Feb. 14 Espace Jean Legendre – Compiègne
  • Feb. 20-21 Maison de la Culture – Bourges
  • March 1st Théâtre de Cusset
  • March 6 Théâtre des Bergeries – Noisy-le-Sec
  • March 8-9 Théâtre de Privas
  • March 10 Espace Michel Simon – Noisy le Grand
  • March 16 Centre Culturel – Chevilly Larue
  • March 19 Institut Français de Meknès - Morocco
  • March 22-23 Institut Français de Casablanca - Morocco
  • March 28-29 Théâtre de Grasse
  • April 6 Le Granit – Belfort
  • April 10 Le Colisée – Roubaix
  • April 13 Théâtre de Pontault-Combault
  • April 18 Le Volcan – Le Havre
  • April 24 Quartier Libre – Ancenis
  • April 27 Quai des Arts – Pornichet
  • May 14 Maison de la Culture d’Amiens
  • May 15 La Comédie de Valence
  • May 22 Théâtre des Treize Arches – Brive
  • May 24 Opéra Théâtre – Limoges
  • May 31 – June 1st Opéra de Haute Normandie – Rouen
  • July 1st Extravadanses Festival – Castres
  • July 4 Opéra Comédie - Festival Montpellier Danse

SEASON 2010-2011

  • Sept.25 to Oct. 9 Maison de la Danse – Biennale de la Danse de Lyon
  • Oct. 12 to 16. Maison des Arts – Créteil
  • Oct. 29 to Nov. 6 Théâtre National de Chaillot – Paris
  • Nov. 16 Le Carreau, Scène Nationale – Forbach
  • Jan. 11 La Piscine – Châtenay Malabry
  • Feb. 2-3 Teatrul National de Opereta « Ion Dacian », Bucarest – Roumania
  • Feb. 15 Le Bateau Feu, Scène Nationale – Dunkerque
  • May 12-14 Hong-Kong I China
  • May 24 Jakarta I Indonesia
  • July 19 Festival Danse en Places I Montauban