In the beginning, Small Steps on Climate Change was a dance and embodied movement performance intended to inspire Metro Boston to view climate change as an opportunity to create stronger, collaborative, healthier, and more vibrant communities in the face of climate change. Just six weeks before opening night, COVID-19 altered the path.
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience is a full-length documentary film about overcoming the struggle to create and perform during a global pandemic. The dancers tell their stories of climate, COVID, art, and hope, and, finally, they dance.
Join us for three film screenings on YouTube Live this September 9, 10, and 11. Each screening will be time-limited and all content will be removed between and after each screening, so see it while you can!
After the Friday, September 11 performance, we will hold a “Meet the Dancers” Q&A session on Zoom.
The production was developed by movement artist, screenwriter and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo and MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Darci Schofield to integrate the arts into climate change planning.
Directed by Hortense Gerardo and produced by Darci Schofield and MAPC.
Featuring original choreography and performances by:
- Laura Sanchez Garcia, award-winning flamenco dancer, choreographer, and educator
- Elizabeth Walker, former Los Angeles Ballet soloist
- Simon Chernow, KRUMP and fusion hip-hop dancer and core leader of Boston’s Climate Strike
- Jean Appolon Expressions, Haitian dance troupe fusing contemporary elements with Haitian folkloric dance
- Olivia Link, contemporary modern dancer and Urbanity Dance educator
- Any Berube and Theo Martinez, competitive ballroom salsa dancers and instructors
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lfuCtrTMpGNYDU88dJx6pMrgfpYWZHqeI
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrfu6sqj8iG9KYy-zCMAUeAg5vUznCtMco
MAGIC meetings are held the first Thursday of every other month from 2:30-4:30 at the Concord Planning and Land Management Office, 141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA.
MAGIC hosts workshops and events of regional interest on alternating months.