Cheeky, raw and real.
That’s the best way to describe urbanvessel’s newest project programmed into Harbourfront’s World Stage Festival in November.
Voice-Box is equal parts singing and boxing in a presentation that slugs away with chorographical excellence in its attempt to portray a woman’s power to withstand blows and go beyond expectations.
“Aggression is a gendered issue,” affirms co-creator and performer Juliet Palmer. “If a woman is aggressive, she’s often sidelined. But positive assertion is how we can act in the world, how we get things done.”
She adds, “It’s taken over one hundred years for women’s boxing to be allowd back into the Olympics and to be acknowledged as sport and not a freakshow.”
The arm swinging presentation was inspired by an opera singer who took up boxing as a cathartic exercise. She approached the company and suggested they develop an offering to illustrate the synergy between dance, song, and pugilism.
No stranger to violence herself, Juliet Palmer details her personal experience lacing up the gloves and the harsh yet benign nuances that pack the show.
VOICE-BOX by urbanvessel * Nov. 14 – Nov. 18, 2010 *York Quay Centre – Brigatine Room 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON * *Tickets $15.00 – $35.00 * 416-973-4000