“Side by Side” Presented by City Ballet of Boston and BoSoma Dance Company

“Side by Side” Presented by City Ballet of Boston and BoSoma Dance Company

City Ballet of Boston and BoSoma Dance Company present Side by Side, an evening of contemporary dance. This double-bill performance, conceived by Anthony (Tony) Williams, the Artistic Director of City Ballet of Boston, and Katherine Hooper, the Artistic Director of BoSoma Dance Company, offers a wide range of 21st century original and newly re-staged works.

For these performances, BoSoma performs works by all-female choreographers—Adrienne Hawkins, Jessica Flynn, Johanna Kepler, and Katherine Hooper. The works represent a range of lived experiences—from the joy within the Black community, to massive life shifts due to Covid and other events, and inspiration from the idea of global travel.

BoSoma Dance Company’s Repertoire includes And Miles to go…. (Adrienne Hawkins); To Life (Jessica Flynn); Permission to Evolve (Johanna Kepler); and On the Rails (Katherine Hooper).

City Ballet Boston opens their half of the performance with The Moor’s Pavane, choreographed by José Limón, and newly staged by Kurt Douglas in celebration of the Limón Dance Company’s 75th Anniversary. Following is Respighi Variations, choreographed by Tony Williams in 1985 and refreshed for 2022. The final pieces on their program in rotation are Spring is Already Laughing by choreographer Junichi Fukuda and the Romeo & Juliet Pas de Deux choreographed by Gianni DiMarco.

Founded in 2003 in Boston by current Artistic Director Katherine Hooper and Irada Djelassi, BoSoma Dance Company (BDC) is recognized for its daring contemporary programming encompassing vibrant energetic movement with athletic performance quality. In 19 seasons, BDC has premiered over 45 original works by Hooper and performed commissions from outstanding organizations such as Chorus pro Musica of Boston and the Patricia Kenny Dance Collection of New York. Visit bosoma.org to learn more.

City Ballet of Boston (CBB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides quality dance training to a diverse urban community allowing it to run an elite professional company. The company is built on a robust values system of inclusiveness and believes that diversity through dance heightens creativity both in the studio and on the stage. The core philosophy of a rigorous dance curriculum is that quality dance builds physical and mental discipline and is also an excellent means of cultural education. Visit cityballetofboston.org to learn more.

The performances, at the Boston Center for the Arts, take place on Friday, October 28th at 8pm; Saturday, October 29th at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday, October 30th at 2pm. Tickets for Side by Side are $40-$50 and go on sale soon at bostonarts.org/experiences.