ARTS & LEISURE

Operetta hosts unique dance show

After the outburst of Brazilian fever in the performance “Agwa & Correria” collected accolades, choreographer Mourad Merzouki returns to Bucharest on February 2 and 3, with an equally ambitious proposal: the work “Boxe Boxe”. For one hour, on the stage of the National Operetta Theatre, eight dancers, accompanied by the surprising Debussy string quartet, will delight dance-lovers with a hip hop explosion, as poetic, as it is lithe.
“From box to dancing, just as a pirouette – evoking the image of a Chaplin who turns a street fight into a genuine, humorous choreography,” Mourad Merzouki explains, quoted by “Romania Libera”. In a mobile setting, made up of wrought iron items, red boxing gloves are turned into puppets. Right punches and kicks are couched in dancing and we are only a step away from Chaplin in “City Lights”. The musical score ranges from Schubert to Gorecki, via Glass. The dancers’ humour and litheness recommend “Boxe Boxe” as a rare instance of fine, affectionate, all-round entertainment. “Boxe Boxe (currently at the Chaillot Theatre in Paris), Mourad Merzouki’s latest opus, was met with an outburst of applause at the Maison de danse. The Debussy quartet, playing live, is virtually the star of the show. Music tames the mores,” the French paper “Les Echos” reports. Mourad Merzouki has been at the helm of the Choreography Centre in Créteil since 2009 and chose, as the setting for this performance, a box ring. “Boxing is always already dancing,” the choreographer argues. The event is organized by the French Embassy and the French Institute in Bucharest, in partnership with the National Operetta Theatre.

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