Small Steps to Climate Resilience

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Small Steps on Climate Change in Metro Boston

Small Steps on Climate Change is 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 challenges. Movement artists will perform a series of separate, diverse, and multi-cultural works on tiny stages serving as a visual metaphor for human resilience through limited resources.

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For Questions or more information about the project, please contact Darci Schofield at 617-933-0794 or

Open Auditions

MAPC is seeking choreographers with diverse movement expertise such as ballet, tap, salsa, flamenco, hip hop, dance forms from all over the world, and more to create separate seven– to eight-minute performances on their own tiny stage. MAPC will provide the four-feet-by-one-foot high stages to each performance group. There will be a total of five stages. Dancers can choose to perform as a team (with no more than three dancers) and the team would perform on or around the small stage to a family-friendly audience.

Dancers who audition are asked to provide a short artist statement/biography and online links to previous performances. Dancers under the age of 18 must demonstrate parental/guardian permission and parents/guardian must accompany artists at open auditions.

Open Auditions Information:

Audition sign-up deadline: November 21

Saturday, November 23
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sunday, November 24
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Balance at Urbanity Dance (South End)
111 West Concord Street, Boston MA 02118

The call is open to any dancer. Applicants of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and the differently abled are encouraged to apply. Individuals, organizations, and teams are welcome up to a party of three dancers. Respondents with similar or complimentary ideas may be introduced to each other during the selection process as collaboration and community participation are encouraged.

Audition format
Dancers/movement artists should be prepared for
the following at the auditions:

  1. Participate in a brief interview with the MAPC’s Artist in Residence and Senior Environmental Planner.
  2. Perform an original two to three minute performance piece.
  3. Perform a newly learned movement phrase choreographed by MAPC’s Artist in Residence.

MAPC will compensate each dancer $600 and provide the small stage for your rehearsal and performance. Costumes and music are the responsibility of the dancer and are subject to approval by MAPC. Costumes and fair-use or copyright permission granted music are the responsibility of the dancer. All is subject to approval by the Artist in Residence.

Final Performances
Performances will take place in Black Box Theaters in Metro Boston and are scheduled around Earth Day 2020. The final performance dates are April 21, 22, and 27th


Project Timeline

The timeline of this project is late November 2019 through April of 2020. Open auditions will begin on November 23 through November 24. Final dancer selections will be announced on December 18. A 2 hour kick-off meeting for dancers will be held at MAPC in late January of 2020. February and March will be working months for dancers. First rehearsal will take place in early March and Dance performances will occur in April.

The threats—and opportunity—of Climate Change

In the last five years, Massachusetts has experienced increasingly more frequent and severe weather events: record-breaking snowfall in 2015, a wide-spread and severe drought in 2016, the warmest year on record in 2017, and four Nor’easters in one month and heavy flooding in 2018. In the fall of 2018, the state experienced the greatest amount of precipitation since record-taking began in 1890. Climate change is not just imminent but is currently affecting our cities, towns, and people.

As a result, cities and towns must prepare for continued emergency response in extreme weather events. Many residents face the likelihood of losing their homes to sea level rise and coastal storms. Some are exposed to greater health risks associated with warming temperatures (EEE, West Nile Virus, Cardiovascular and Respiratory diseases etc.), and the region must face the seemingly insurmountable investments required to protect our communities. This knowledge creates a sense of urgency but also despair. Change and loss is incredibly difficult to manage and can also cause inaction for the immense burden it imposes on our communities.

But climate change is also an opportunity: a chance to transform our communities to be stronger and resilient to future impacts. Small Steps on Climate Change embodies this opportunity.

Photo shows a parking lot under several inches of water, with cars still parked.