“Small Steps: Dances of Resilience” Premieres Sept. 9-11

Small Steps: Dances of Resilience

Documentary from MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo premieres September 9, 10, & 11

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 performance, developed by MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo and Senior Environmental Planner Darci Schofield, movement artists were to perform a series of separate, diverse, and multi-cultural works on tiny stages: serving as a visual metaphor for human resilience through limited resources.

This spring, just six weeks before opening night, COVID-19 altered the path. In-person events were cancelled for an indefinite period of time. So the team adjusted: dancers filmed themselves practicing at home, reflecting on climate change, COVID, and the nature of resilience. Instead of live performances, the movement artists filmed their final choreography.

Gerardo took the footage and created "Small Steps: Dances of Resilience," 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.

This week, that documentary will premiere on YouTube Live at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11. Each screening will be time-limited and all content will be removed between and after each showing. Team members will participate in a live chat on YouTube Premiere on all three nights. After the Friday screening, join the dancers on Zoom for a live Q&A.

Watch the documentary live at the links below!


The last chance to see the premiere of "Small Steps: Dances of Resilience" was Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to hear more about the future of the documentary. Sign up for the Arts and Culture mailing list here.

The production was developed by movement artist, screenwriter, and 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, soloist, classical ballet, traditional modern, and contemporary dancer
  • Simon Chernow, street dancer and core leader of Boston’s Climate Strike
  • Jean Appolon Expressions, Haitian folkloric dancers
  • Olivia Link, contemporary modern dancer, choreographer, and Urbanity Dance educator
  • Any Berube and Theo Martinez, folkloric ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, and Latin dancers and educators

Click here to learn more about Small Steps on Climate Change.