Audience members will get to sit ringside at a new show documenting the world of boxing through contemporary dance in Vancouver.
The performance takes place tomorrow and Saturday at the Vancouver Playhouse.
The International Choreographic Arts Centre is an Amsterdam-based dance company that is bringing their show, Rocco, to Vancouver. Rocco’s set casts the audience as the crowd at a live boxing match by seating them around a ring elevated on the stage.
Beauty and the beast
The show is a beautiful, violent marriage of two unlikely genres said Jim Smith, the show’s producer, adding that it is a relationship that works.
“The performative aspects of both [boxing and dance] live well with one another,” Smith said. “The show explores the art of boxing and how it forms relationships.”
Choreographer Emio Greco, who’s father was a boxer, and Peter C. Scholten co-created Rocco and were inspired by the tenacity of physical and mental preparation both boxers and dancers undertake. During the show’s development, its dancers worked directly with an Italian boxing trainer to adopt the nuance of the sport’s movement.
Inspiration through an Italian film
Visconti’s film revolves around two brothers Rocco and Simone, both vying for the love of a prostitute named Nadia.
However, Rocco is not a direct adaption of the film, and concerns itself primarily with the relationship and competition between brothers.
Rocco starts at 8 p.m. both tomorrow and Saturday, and there will be a question-and-answer period at 7:15 p.m. before each show. Tickets are $35 to $70 and can be purchased at dancehouse.ca/tickets or by phone at 604-801-6225.
Reported by Mike Hodder