Urbanity Dance has always been committed to engaging, celebrating, and empowering local communities through dance. This year, the companies incredible lineup of performances focuses on the power of collaboration to celebrate our community partners and the Boston arts scene.
As a nonprofit committed to local growth, Urbanity is working to bring imaginative performances that showcase Boston’s diverse voices and create dialogue for social change. Urbanity’s upcoming collaborations include organizations such as the City of Boston, Young Audiences, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, 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.
On top of our regularly scheduled public performances, Urbanity is putting on two special shows for school aged children. The first is a matinee of Call of Courage for Boston Public school students. Urbanity is working with the City of Boston to present an original piece using stories from middle and high school youth. Presented at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, this piece celebrates voices of courage and uses dance as a platform to investigate themes of empowerment and bystander intervention.
The second performance is a matinee of Neruda’s Book of Questions for youth from the Villa Victoria community. This piece is a collaboration with Villa Victoria and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, to create original dance and music inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions. Urbanity dancers team with Boston based musician and composer, Beau Kenyon, to celebrate Boston’s diverse community and investigate themes of justice and fairness.
Highlighting the voices of Boston communities and making sure they are heard is crucial. By collaborating with community organizations and local artists, choreographers, and musicians directly, Urbanity hopes to ensure these voices are at the forefront of the Boston Arts scene.