http://opulence.bpt.me/ The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
$12 - $32
Inspired by the life and legend of Muhammad Ali, the performance incorporates elements of boxing, hip-hop, martial arts, and modern dance to an original sound score by Farai Malianga, and include artistic exploration with the Boston dance community. Students from Boston Arts Academy, Brookline High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School will showcase their work before each The Opulence of Integrity performance.
The Opulence of Integrity is a four-movement, evening-length work inspired by Alis career as a boxer and social activist, and his life as a public martyr and as a mortal human being. Brown notes, The work deploys an eclectic movement vernacular to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity, yet misinterpreted by humanity. The performance also explores the inner struggle for identity as it pertains to men of color in the United States, with an intimate look at the trappings that continually inhibit freedom. Brown dedicates the work to her father, brother, and uncle who fought but did not win and to her son, whose battle has not yet begun. To be born branded by history, burdened by responsibility, and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.