wrestling is artit is the artistic meeting the divineit is the art of fightingand the addictive bliss of raw beautythat needs no words in the end, to be undeniably present,as wrestlers make a statement with their bodiesin a fight, they are most present on the ladder of consciousness, they have no choice.— Marijs Boulogne, EDGY LUCHA artistic director
Her dream is to create a healthy independent wrestling scene worldwide. It really chafes Marijs Boulogne that catch is still not recognized as an art form, a mix of sport and spontaneity.It “thematizes courage,” she tells me earnestly. “It is live art.”
“People can become divine, become superheroes […]. There is an energy here that is awake, that possesses them, that makes you want to engage in this ring.”
And certainly, there is power even as a spectator to watch, to wonder, to ask yourself “Is this fake? This can’t be fake. How much is scripted? How much is real?” That was a real slap to the chest, spit in the face, pulling of hair. That was real.
They are often better actors, better improv artists, a more physical and intense challenge to traditional performance practice, certainly. And these women do it in church basements and makeshift rings from Brossard to Brazil. There is a network taking form from the ground floor. Without respect, without money. For the love of wrestling.
– posted by @LauraBeeston
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