by the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Hackney Music Development
by Julian Joseph.
by Sheron Wray.
Brown Bomber" is based on the heroic sporting battle between
American boxer Joe Louis, the first African American to become
a national hero, and German boxer Max Schmeling, bringing to life
through music the connection between two athletes once adversaries
in sport, whose friendship endured, despite the idealogical opposition
by which they were both surrounded. It focuses on their mental
battle inside the ring and celebrates their Olympic values of
true sportsmanship, through friendship and mutual respect.
Brown Bomber" recreates the historical 1938 rematch for the
World Heavyweight Championship between American Joe Louis - The
Brown Bomber - and Max Schmeling during the height of the Nazi
had beaten Louis in 1936 and came to New York to face him again
at Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 70,000.
adversaries in sport, they became great friends despite the
ideological opposition that surrounded them.
Brown Bomber dance suite was a superb piece of dance theatre.
The dancers embodied a multitude of characters epitomising the
time of the second boxing match between Schmeling and Louis. The
boxers' training camps with their attendant fans and young pretenders,
the managers and coaches were all brought exquisitely to life
through well-developed characterisation and well-chosen dance
styling. Adding another layer of vivacity to the piece were the
no-expense-spared costumes; it was like watching a dance version
of the Bugsy Malone film.'
has also written two previous dance suites, "Bare Hands Broad
Feet", commissioned by London's Southbank Centre in 1998,
and "White Spirits - Cuban Orishas", premiered in 2000
at the Clore Studio, London, both produced and choreographed by
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