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Call of Courage
Stories of perseverance set to dance
Urbanity Dance partnered with the City of Boston and The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum in November, 2016 to present Call of Courage at the Strand Theater in Dorchester. An original performance crafted by Boston dancers and musicians, Call of Courage features choreography set to powerful stories of perseverance from Boston’s youth. A matinee performance is being put on for Boston Public School students, and the courageous students who share their stories will be honored at both the evening and matinee shows.
Call of Courage utilizes the universal language of dance to celebrate courage in Boston’s own back yard, using the voices and stories of youth found here. Mixing tones of humor, raw emotion, and the extraordinary, Call of Courage develops a complicated image of courage to honor personal truths of growing up in today’s society. Urbanity Dancers play with power structures rooted in social interaction to create an immersive story of empowerment and peer intervention.
Essays from The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Anthology 2016, The Courage of Children: Boston and Beyond were digitally recorded by the students who wrote them and incorporated into original music by Boston based artist, Ryan Edwards. The resulting score and choreography makes for a truly unique and personal viewing experience. Back for its second year, Call of Courage is a constantly developing work inspired by the communities it serves. In fall of 2018, Call of Courage will launch a forum to discuss issues such as bullying, and what we can do as a community to help best support our youth.
If you would like to learn more, or be a part of the ongoing development process, please contact Urbanity Dance Founder and Director Betsi Graves at Betsi@urbanitydance.org.
Meet the students whose stories inspired this show
"Starting that moment, I began to rebuild myself, to climb out of the pit of exclusion and discrimination and rise up in hope. I would prove that I am a real person too, in spite of their narrow minds, minds that allowed nothing different."
Read all their essays on personal moments of Courage. View the essays here.
About Our Company
Urbanity Dance is the largest contemporary dance company in Boston. As a nonprofit committed to local growth, Urbanity is working alongside Boston communities to bring imaginative performances that showcase Boston’s diverse voices and create dialogue for social change. This year, Urbanity is collaborating with organizations such as the City of Boston, Young Audiences, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Children’s Museum to highlight the performing arts as a social platform to empower.
Known for its effortless curves and use of breath, Urbanity places a strong emphasis on the foundations of modern, jazz, and ballet, while utilizing the highly detailed gesture work and hard-hitting articulation usually associated with hip-hop. This hyper-athletic fusion creates a unique all-encompassing visual experience. The Company was announced Best of Boston by Boston Magazine in 2015, Boston’s Best by the Improper Bostonian in 2013, recently shortlisted for Bostinno’s 50 on Fire, and named a Top Ten Critics’ Pick by The Boston Globe. Urbanity has presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and shown works by Pilobolus, Larry Keigwin, Carl Flink, and Andy Noble. Utilizing its’ public platform and unique hybrid of styles, Urbanity Dance exists to engage, inspire, and empower individuals and communities through the art of dance and movement.
About The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum
Founded in 1991, The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum honors the life of Max Warburg, a courageous sixth-grader whose determination and hope in the face of his battle with leukemia inspired friends, family, and strangers alike. Feeling that Max’s story could be a catalyst for other children, his parents, Stephanie and Jonathan Warburg, worked with the Boston Public Schools and educators around the country to develop The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum. The curriculum is a yearlong English Language Arts program implemented in sixth grade classrooms in the Boston Public, parochial, and charter schools, 28 states, and 12 foreign countries, with new schools adding the curriculum each year. For 26 years, The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum has helped children find their voice by finding their courage.
For more information about the curriculum or the contest, please visit www.maxcourage.org