B E H I N D T H E M O V E M E N T
Established in 2003 by Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper, BoSoma Dance Company (BDC) is a North Shore-based contemporary dance company combining vibrant, energetic movement with athletic performance quality. The company's mission is to make dance captivating and accessible through dynamic performance and community education. Under the artistic direction of dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, BDC is recognized for its daring contemporary programming encompassing both vibrant energetic movement with athletic performance quality. In 20 seasons, BDC has premiered over 50+ original works by Hooper and performed commissions from outstanding organizations such as Chorus pro Musica and the Patricia Kenny Dance Collection of New York. As in-demand collaborators, BDC has worked with the Peabody Essex Museum and the Collage Dance Ensemble under the direction of Ahmet Luleci, and have performed in festivals around the globe.
In 2015, BDC was commissioned to perform their own interpretation of Stravinsky's "Les Noces" at New England Conservatory's legendary Jordan Hall, and in 2016, BDC was commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum to perform for 101 days, five hours each day, to accompany the "Rodin: Transforming Sculpture" exhibit. In 2020, BDC was hired by the Providence Performing Arts Center sponsored by Bank of America, to perform an hour long show in 2021 at their historic theatre. This show will be packaged with our curriculum document, 'Language Arts Curriculum Connections : Storytelling & Dance', designed to assist Middle School teachers in learning experience for their students. Although this event will now be a virtual experience due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, BDC is thrilled to perform for, engage, and educate students in the Providence area about dance and the performing arts.
Recognized by the Boston Globe for their "vigorously athletic and artistically sculptural" performances and on WCVB-TV's Chronicle for their community outreach, BDC has stepped up its mission to harness the power of dance and physical movement to unlock a passion for greater learning in our schools. In partnership with New England Arts for Literacy Project in 2016-2017, BDC created K-12 programs that support core curricula learning, including a landmark program, "Mathematics and Science," designed to introduce children to how choreographers use numbers and music mathematically to create choreography and movement patterns. Science topics also integrate and teach the importance of knowing human anatomy and gravity, which allows dancers to be able to move through space.