Established in 2003 by Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper, BoSoma Dance Company 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 award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, BoSoma is recognized for its daring contemporary programming encompassing both vibrant energetic movement with athletic performance quality. In 14 seasons, BoSoma has premiered over 30 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, BoSoma 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 2009, they launched the Opening Art Series, which provides performance opportunities to emerging dance companies.
More recently, in 2015, BoSoma was commissioned to perform their own interpretation of Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” at New England Conservatory’s legendary Jordan Hall, and in 2016, BoSoma was commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum to perform for 101 days, five hours each day, to accompany the “Rodin: Transforming Sculpture” exhibit.
Recognized by the Boston Globe for their “vigorously athletic and artistically sculptural” performances and on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle for their community outreach, BoSoma 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, BoSoma has 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.