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Mourad Merzouki: What Would Fiddy (or for that matter, Franz) Say?

No, your computer isn't upside down. That's dancer/choreographer Mourad Merzouki at work. When Merzouki was a boy, he liked to box, and he liked to dance. He explains the connection between boxing and his choreography in an article for TimeOut Hong Kong:

When I practise boxing, it’s exactly the same feeling when I dance. There’s so much similarity – in rhythm, the rapport of the body, in the movement.

The article goes on to talk about how he's combined both activities in a new hip-hop ballet Boxe Boxe, incorporating street choreography set to music by Ravel, Schubert and Gorecki and performed live by an onstage string quartet. Read More: French hip hop troupe brings classical music into the boxing ring (TimeOut Hong Kong)

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.