A spectacular one-off event involving amateur boxing clubs, musicians and dancers from Southwark.
The Fight, a boxing, music and dance performance, has been conceived by the Panamanian-born artist Humberto Velez and will take place in a boxing ring on the bridge in The Turbine Hall.
More than 100 boxers from three boxing clubs will parade through the gallery and a selection of the best will perform in the ring.
The Fight has been orchestrated by Vlez following four months of work with the clubs, dancers and musicians, who helped him shape the work. Created in collaboration with Fitzroy Lodge ABC, Fisher Downside ABC and Lynn's Athletic Club, it is the culmination of a series of multidisciplinary workshops.
It will feature six amateur, non-competitive displays of fighting skills, music specially composed by MC MicAssassin and choreography by the street dance company Flawless.
Members of the boxing clubs will arrive from the Millennium Bridge and the river Thames as two simultaneous processions, one led by a bagpiper and one led by two African drummers. Carrying a specially designed banner and costumes, the participants will be local amateur boxers from a wide range of age groups and abilities.
Boxing has a long history in Southwark. In 1910 the former Surrey Chapel in Blackfriars Road was converted into a famous boxing arena but was destroyed by bombing during World War II. Numerous very active clubs in the borough are home to a thriving boxing community.
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