Saturday, March 16, 2013


The “brash new-music ensemble” (NYT), INTERNATIONAL STREET CANNIBALS, joins 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. This collective of seasoned musicians/composers was founded in 2005 by Dan Barrett as a laboratory for ritual and artistic expression that defies assumptions regarding performance spaces and audiences.

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.

The music program will include works by Dan “Wotan” Barrett, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Paul Hindemith, Daniel Palkowski, Gene Pritsker, and Dave Taylor.

International Street Cannibals is directed by Dan Barrett with co-director Chala Yancy.

Musicians include Dan Barrett (conductor), John Clark (French Horn), Tish Edens (cello), Rachel Golub (violin), Franz Hackl (trumpet), Gregor Kitzis (violin), Cesare Papetti (percussion), Gene Pritsker (electric guitar), Troy Rinker (bass), Dave Taylor (bass trombone), Linda Wetherill (flute), Chala Yancy (viola).

Dancers include Andrew Broaddus, Adrienne Misko, Amanda Mottur (belly dancer), Cat Murcek, Max Pollak (tap dancer), and Megan Sipe (choreographer).

STRIKE! will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., at the historic Gleason’s Gym – training home of 132 world champions — located at 77 Front Street in Dumbo, BrooklynTickets are $20 ($15 for Gleason’s Gym members and students) and are available by calling 718-797-2872.

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