Psophonia in Action

Company

Founded in 1998 by Sophia L. Torres and Sonia Noriega, Psophonia Dance Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating and presenting dances that entertain, intrigue, educate and inspire learning through collaboration and interaction with artists. Now under the sole direction of Sophia L. Torres, Psophonia strives to bring contemporary dance to the forefront. Known for its athleticism, unique use of everyday objects and high technical and artistic performances, Psophonia has produced over 36 full concerts featuring 60 original works and has performed at the Hobby Center, The Barn, Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston’s Theater District Open House, Dance USA 2009, Latino Cultural Center 2010-2011 (Dallas), the Moody Gardens 2011 (Galveston), Chicago Dance Festival 2010-2011(Chicago, IL), Cincy Fringe Festival 2008-2012 (Cincinnati, OH), 254 Dance Festival 2013-2014 (Waco, TX), Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival 2010 & 2013 (College Station, TX), Alma Thomas Theater, Southwestern University 2013 (Georgetown, TX) and Bethell Hall, St. David's Episcopal Church (Austin, TX) 2015. Psophonia has collaborated with local artists and art organizations including Doctor’s Orchestra of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston Met Dance Company and most recently, musical ensemble, Chaski. PDC and music ensemble, Chaski undertook a four city Texas tour of their collaborative work, The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance by composer, Robert Paterson. The Goddesses concluded its run January 2016 in Corpus Christi, TX.In Spring 2016, the company  presented Danza, by Misook Kim at the University of Houston Moore's School of Music as part of a new collaboration with AURA Contemporary Ensemble.  In 2017, PDC premiered an evening length work with AURA Contemporary Ensemble supported in part through the Innovation Grants program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. 

Since its inception, Psophonia has been committed to providing quality arts in education programming. Through community partnerships with Young Audiences of Houston, Target, H.I.S.D., Harris County Department of Education, H-E-B and grants received from the Houston Arts Alliance, Psophonia has presented performances, workshops, and residencies aimed at improving education, fostering children's creativity, encouraging lifelong participation in the arts, and increasing appreciation for the community's diverse cultural heritage. Recent in-school residencies have produced 5 musicals for which Psophonia choreographed, directed and organized 3rd-5th grade students. 

 

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