Boma  (2015)

Premiere in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In Swahili, boma stands for homestead. Homesteads are a vital part of the Kenyan culture, where families of three generations or more, still live together in a homestead. This idea is extended to the general concept of the piece, to awaken the idea of unity within European and African cultures.

Boma is a work commissioned by Internationaal Dans Theater (IDT), Amsterdam. It is a contemporary dance performance which combines African and modern dance. This African based choreography, brings to surface the life style, rituals and the culture of Kenya and Africa. It is a collaboration between Dansgroep Amsterdam, Internationaal Dans Theater, Sarakasi Trust and ITs Festival. 

After auditioning more than 45 dancers in Sarakasi Trust, Kenya in 2014, Corneliu selected 6 dancers who traveled to Amsterdam in 2015 and took part in the creation process which involved three Belgian/Dutch dancers and the music of composers and musicians Felipe Veiga, Diogo Carvalho and Gustavo Cabrera.

Boma was an instant success with more than 14 performances and workshops in Amsterdam and different cities in The Netherlands. The performance was experienced by more that 1400 audience at Keti Koti festival Amsterdam, at Openlucht Vondelpark Amsterdam and Parade Den Haag.



Durantion: 45 min

Location: De Doelenzaal, Amsterdam

Date: 26.06.2015

DancersInternationaal Dansteather Jeroen van Acker, Michael Sastrowitomo, Sarakasi Trust, Kenya Edwin Bosire, Keith Juma, Lynnette Kiama, Godwin Musuma, Raymond Odipo, Rose Otien, Dansgroep Amsterdam Lisa van den Broek

Choreography Assistant: Francesca Monti

Composers/Musicians: Felipe Veiga (percussion), Diogo Carvalho (percussion), Gustavo Cabrera (violin)

Costume Design: Karisma Costumes

Light Design: Chiel ten Cate

Production Manager: Mette Stam

Production Assistant: Sebastian Peelen

Spacial thanks to: Stichting de Doelen, Stichting Vrienden van het Internationaal Danstheater, Comite van Aanbeveling

Made possible with the help from; Het Amsterdam Fonds Voor de Kunst, M.A.O.C. Gavin van Eylandt Stichting and St. Janivo