1993 – 2002
In 1992 Kirouac began boxing at a local Winnipeg boxing club. She was in the first batch of women to classic box in the province of Manitoba. Her weekly routine began to include sparring with young male fighters, training exercises, changing in the utility closet and taking showers with a line-up of male members outside the locker room, as there was no accommodation for women at that time.
This decision inspired a Canada Council grant that took her to Paris, France for nearly two years in the early nineties, where Kirouac joined The Poissy Boxing Club in the suburbs of Paris France. She trained, lived and researched her position as a classic boxer and single young woman, mostly gathering and writing about this difficult and unique experience. This led to further traveling and research of women in contact sports in Rotterdam NED and a training stint at Spaniorium Farms Boxing Camp residency in Bristol UK.
Upon her return to Canada in 1995, Kirouac birthed her alter-ego Crissy Virtue, a quasi- masculine, sexuality-bending foxy-boxer, through whom Kirouac challenged audiences the next ten years. She used her own actions, experience and body to create several interdisciplinary projects examining stereotypes, gender expectations, feminism, violence, power and vulnerability, some of which took her to the Banff Center of the Performing Arts for four production residencies and bouts of incredible productivity. Her video Other Business in 2002 is the grand finale of this period completed just prior to attending graduate school, at which time Crissy Virtue was put to rest to make room for brand new ideas.