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Live-Filmed Performance from France: La Boxeuse Amoureuse

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A genre-bending original show from La Seine Musicale featuring music, ballet, and boxing. Music by Arthur H. Dance by Marie-Agnès Gillot.

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Live-Filmed Performance from France

La Boxeuse amoureuse

Tuesday, February 16–Sunday, February 28, 2021

Online | In French with English subtitles

60 minutes

La Boxeuse amoureuse takes us inside Boulogne-Billancourt’s new venue, La Seine Musicale, for a stirring genre-bending performance that brings together music, ballet, and boxing.

French singer-songwriter Arthur H—three-time winner of France’s Victoire de la music, the country’s highest musical honor—and former Paris Opera Ballet étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot combine for a symbolic battle, filled with emotion and ambiguity.

In 2017, Arthur H released a transfixing music video portraying a poetic sparring match between Gillot and actor Roschdy Zem. The clip has been viewed more than 4 million times. Three years later, the Seine Musicale invited the musician and the prima ballerina to develop the video into a live performance.

Gillot transforms the Seine Musicale into a boxing ring where she stages a series of confrontations with Olympic boxing champion Souleymane Cissokho and athletes Staiv Gentis and Tom Duquesnoy. They are accompanied by Arthur H performing his varied and eclectic catalogue drawing influences from Bach, jazz, blues, gypsy, and Middle Eastern music with instrumentalist Nicolas Repac.

These six performers, through their various styles, combine music, dance, and physical prowess to create a unique and total performance.

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