Powerful and immersive, Ali- beyond the ring combines spoken word, dance, boxing, Afro-American singing, original footage of Ali’s fights, animation, pyrotechnics and 1970s black pop music. This is a semi-autobiographical exploration of identity, race, religion, and war, is intentionally alienated to reflect struggles of other regions with special reference to contemporary Indian realities.
Center for contemporary art (C4CART) depicts on the stage, the legendary boxing hero Muhammad Ali. This play will focus mainly in three areas his fight against racism, his conversion to Islam and the fight against US Government over the Vietnam War. The story unfolds his raise from a normal boy to the great boxing champion and then to a model humanist. This romantic heroic plot will be set as rhythmic physical performance. The play starts with the lighting of Atlanta Olympic torch by a shivering Ali and then to his childhood challenges and the dramatic spark to learn fighting to beat the thief who took away is bicycle. Throughout the play, the music band gives the socio-political reflection during the civil right movement. Then play develops to winning Olympic medal and then throwing it to Ohio River as an outburst over racial discrimination’. His heavyweight championship fights and conversion to Islam. Ali’s fight with the United States government for the right not to participate in the Vietnam War is detailed in the climax of the play.