“There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words,” said famed dancer Doris Humphrey. A packed Vertigo Theatre and a standing ovation for the Mpact dancers’ performance of “Something to Say-Make Poverty Personal,” earlier this month indeed spoke volumes about the shared struggles between the poor and wealthy. Both deface humanity and impoverish the soul.
The show, produced by Connie Jakab, was sold-out every night. It raised $2,300 and helped to enlighten the possibilities of dance, art and conversation in bridging the divide between rich and poor.
“Connie and her team of dancers did an extraordinary job communicating the sadness, hope, and different circumstances of those living in poverty,” says Raman Basi from Discovery House. “Through movement, the dancers brought emotion to the hearts of the audience.”
Together with Mpact’s talented dancers and a host of giving organizations (see list below), the audience received a vivid reminder that everyone has the capacity to heal hearts and build bridges through kindness, creativity . . . and dance.
Partners included: Discovery House, 3 Things for Calgary, Birthday Buddies Inc., Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, Calgary Dream Centre, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Highbanks Society, Humanity In Practice, Inn from the Cold, NeighbourLink, Role Mothers, Salvation Army, Servants Anonymous Society, Sonshine Community Services, Alex Youth Health Centre, the Drop in Centre, United Way, The Victory Foundation, Simon House Recovery Centre, The Mustard Seed, YWCA Calgary, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, COHR Health, and Legacy One.