About Hope Boykin
New York, New York
Hope Boykin (CBA ’23), two time “Bessie Award” winner, was an original member of Complexions, danced with Philadanco, and most recently completed her 20th and final year with the Ailey American Dance Theater. Boykin serves as Artistic Advisor for Dance Education for the Kennedy Center and Artistic Lead for the Kennedy Center Dance Lab.
The What, How, and Why of It All
As a creator, choreographer, and writer, Hope Boykin worked and made work with words and life experiences, creating an ongoing and moving memoir of sort and mixing Interdisciplinary forms – film, original text, and her movement-language. Using a vocal and non-vocal soundtrack, pushing boundaries and personal expressions of transparency, uncovering fear and failure within her truth, she decided to uproot her comfort and find a place for her story. Boykin grew to accept all of the intricacies of telling this story and became less afraid to use the aspects of her specific choices and experiences. Along with several company commissions, this work and passion project, built from a history of circumstances, pushed Boykin toward her goals; when she determined to “hope against Hope.”