Knockout production links boxing and dance in a deeply sexy performance


Ringside seats are available at FringeArts for Rocco by ICKamsterdam (Feb. 27 and 28), created by acclaimed Dutch choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten. Set in a stylized boxing ring with seating on three sides, Rocco pits male dancer-fighters against one another in a suite of choreographed bouts, set to electronic music and the sound of boxing bells, that take them to physical and psychological extremes of love and brutality.

Inspired by the 1960 Italian film Rocco and His Brothers, the dancers in the ring are brothers and antagonists, dark and light, struggling on both physical and spiritual planes. Virtuoso footwork and glorious athleticism are on display in a deeply sexy and intensely physical performance that Portland Monthly Magazine called “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets modern dance.”

“When you watch the footage of Muhammad Ali, it resembles the amorous game of attracting and rejecting one another,” says co-creator Pieter Scholten. “We wanted to investigate the aesthetics of beating the living daylights out of one another.”

Rounding out the experience is a special three-course menu offered at La Peg, the onsite restaurant and bar. “The VS. Menu,” developed by Executive Chef Peter Woolsey, is a culinary pairing to the ideas, themes, and performers of the show, and is available before or after the performance on either night by reservation. Dinner for one and one show ticket are offered at $50, exclusive of drinks and gratuity (see menu below).

About ICKamsterdam
The International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam) is a platform for contemporary dance under the artistic direction of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. ICKamsterdam is grounded on three pillars: Company (the production of dance performances), Guest Artists (the stimulation and support of new, young talents from both an artistic and a business perspective) and Academy (the transfer of knowledge in the dance field in educational and research programs). Known for relating dance to other art forms, Greco and Scholten put dancers on the catwalk with Parisian fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier; created the you PARA | DISO perfume with Alessandro Gualtieri, a unique project in which dance links up with smell, and collaborated with the Italian Moleskine company with the Moleskine Detour exhibition at the MoMA Design Store in Tokyo.

February 27 and 28, 8 p.m.
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets are $29 (30% discount for members).
To purchase tickets, call 215-413-1318 or visit

***Photo courtesy of FringeArts

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  1. This is a beautiful photograph. It looks like an old Dutch painting. I don’t see credit for the piece anywhere-could you please provide the photographers name?

    • As noted at bottom article, photo was courtesy of FringeArts. For any other attributions, you would need to contact them directly.

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