The Holding Tank concerts are held at St Mark's-in-the-Bowery, a light-filled performance space that allows every player, every artist, freedom of movement and location. New and classical repertoire, dance, and voice, including the spoken word, bring fresh perspective and harmony to this new conversation between performer and audience.
STRIKE! performances combine boxing matches and contemporary chamber music. The idea of explosive engagement unites the artistic aesthetics of both boxing and chamber music in this series that flows from the Cannibals' goals to disrupt convention, to renew the artistic text, and to renew rituals that may unite performer and audience.
The International Street Cannibals are virtuoso talent from all over the world, and from the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the STX Ensemble, the London Symphony, the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Opera, and Absolute Ensemble. We showcase the best in new music from our composers Dan Barrett, Charles Coleman, Joe Gallant, Arthur Kampela, Dary John Mizelle, Dan Palkowski, Alastair Greig, Christopher Lyndon-Gee.
STRIKE! is a unique blend of boxing match and contemporary chamber music that draws an audience diverse both in age and interest, neither accustomed to thinking of boxing as an artistic genre. Dan Barrett introduces the sets with Cannibal commentary that subvert conventional expectations about concert-going.
The International Street Cannibals Present
“STRIKE!”, A Boxing and Chamber Music Concert Event,
at the legendary Gleason’s Gym (Dumbo, Brooklyn), Saturday, March 16, 2013
New York, NY – The International Street Cannibals (ISC), hailed by The New York Times as a “brash new-music ensemble,” join forces with young boxers from the legendary Gleason’s Gym for STRIKE! will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., at the historic Gleason’s Gym – training home of 132 world champions, among them Mohammed Ali, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and Roberto Duran – located at 77 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Tickets are $20 ($15 for Gleason’s Gym members and students) and are available by calling 718-797-2872.
About Gleason’s Gym:
The oldest active boxing gym in the United States, Gleason’s Gym has produced 132 World Champions, 2 Olympic Gold Medalists and hundreds of Amateur champions. It was founded in 1937 by Peter Gagliardi, a former bantamweight who changed his name to Bobby Gleason to appeal to the predominantly Irish New York fight crowd of the era. Located in the South Bronx, it thrived during the boxing’s “Golden Age” of the 40’s and 50’s. In 1974, it moved to 30th street, the first level gym in New York, and in 1981 it was sold to New York businessman Ira Becker, a longtime friend of boxing and a staunch supporter of boxing safety and uniform rule regulations. When the building went co-op in 1984, Gleason’s found its new and present home in Dumbo, Brooklyn. It is currently owned by Bruce Silverglade, who became business partner with Ira Becker in 1983. Fighters who trained at the gym include Muhammad Ali, Jack LaMotta, Roberto Duran, Benny “kid” Paret, Gerry Cooney, and Mike Tyson, among many others. Over the years, the reputation of the champion boxers Gleason’s produced earned the gym world-renowned appeal as the pinnacle of excellence in boxing.
Most of the STRIKE! performances occurs in the boxing ring where music is experienced in an unfamiliar, yet highly disciplined environment. Energy abounds in the physicality of performance, the mastery of the various artistic mediums, the excitement of the improvisation, and in the outrageous question "What do the International Street Cannibals aim to teach us?"
A theatre-in-the-round becomes something more as mind, ear, and body prepare to follow alternating performances of music and boxing. Boxers and instrumentalists allow their learned choreographies of movement, technique, and repertoire, to emerge in unexpected partnership. The Cannibals ask the audience to consider these new possibilities of Art.