BC Alumna with Urbanity Dance puts on “The Story of Stuff”

Boston College alumna and frequent attendee of the Arts Council Career Night Betsi Graves Akerstein ’04 invites you to the Urbanity Dance production The Story of Stuff. The Story of Stuff opens at the BCA Plaza Theatre on Friday November, 26th at 8pm and will be performed twice the next day on Saturday, November 27th at 2pm and at 8pm. Then the production moves to the Strand Theatre in Dorchester the following Saturday, December 4th at 7pm. Tickets cost $24 for general admission or $99 for the best seats in the house. There will also be a free performance for Boston Public Schools on December 3rd – more information on that performance and how teachers and administrators can reserve tickets is found here.

Check out the trailer for The Story of Stuff

The production was named a “Critic’s Pick” in the Boston Globe and has garnered grants and sponsorship from the City of Boston, Boston Dance Alliance, The Aliad Fund, Mass MoCa, Earthdance, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and others. The Story of Stuff promises to be a wonderfully inspiring show and a fresh alternative to the countless holiday productions of The Nutcracker.

Choreographed by Artistic Director Betsi Graves ’04, The Story of Stuff uses the abstract, open-ended language of contemporary dance to follow the struggle of a single girl as she moves between two groups of people in her imagination: those who are connected to the earth and to each other and those who are unable to connect or think for themselves. The choreography explores various symbols of hyper-consumerism, materialism and empowerment, an especially poignant topic during the Holiday season, and arguably no day demonstrates this better than Black Friday. To be clear: the show is not “anti-Stuff” but it uses contemporary dance as a lens to question the drive for materialism. The goal in choreographing The Story of Stuff is to question what a true gift means, what it means to value our “stuff,” and hopefully inspire deeper connections with our family, friends and our biosphere. Learn more about the Making of Urbanity Dance’s The Story of Stuff, which is also sponsored by Annie Leonard’s animated documentary of the same name.

Urbanity Dance’s production of The Story of Stuff promises to be an inspiring, fun, and visually-stimulating production. Tickets are available through Boston Theatre Scene for the November 26-27th performances and through Brown Paper Tickets for the December 4th performance. If you are involved in Boston Public Schools, don’t forget to check out how to reserve tickets for a free December 3rd performance. To see if any of your friends are attending and to RSVP yourself, check out their Facebook event page.


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