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BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY EXPLORES EMOTION AND CREATIVITY THROUGH GESTURE IN RODIN: TRANSFORMING SCULPTURE FROM MAY 14 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5

SALEM, MA - The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and BoSoma Dance Company present 101 days of modern gestural performance in the museum’s headlining exhibition, Rodin: Transforming Sculpture. Dancers will respond to sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), including masterpieces such as “The Thinker,” “The Kiss” and “The Hand of God.” Performances will take place daily from 11 am to 4:30 pm for the entire run of the exhibition – May 14  through September 5, 2016.

Whether working in plaster, marble or bronze, Rodin captured the emotional and psychological complexities of the human experience in ways that few sculptors have achieved, before or since. Pairing sculptures with movement in the gallery will heighten the emotional experiences of the sculptures and allow for another entry point into considering aspects of the human form and how Rodin was inspired by the body.

BoSoma Dance Company of Peabody, Mass., will lead the daily gestural performances. Dancers will juxtapose human limbs, joints and muscular forms with sculpted body parts in performances woven into the exhibition.

ABOUT BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY

Gestural performances will be led by BoSoma Dance Company of Peabody, Mass. BoSoma, founded in 2003, is a modern dance company under the artistic direction and leadership of Katherine Hooper.  The company's mission is to make dance captivating and accessible through dynamic performance and community education.  

The company's core principles are to:

-Choreograph physically demanding and emotionally inspiring dance that challenges a group of dancers to become one entity of expression.
-Use additional art media to enhance the impact of dance for the audience as well as the dancers.
-Entertain a broad spectrum of audiences through performances that highlight the strengths of company dancers.  
-Support education through the art of dance.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $20; seniors $17; students $12. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866?745?1876 or visit pem.org

IMAGE CREDIT: BoSoma Dance Company, 2016. Photo by Kathy Tarantola / Peabody Essex Museum.

 


PR Contacts:

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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