SHOOMA [‘ʃumʌ / forest] is an artistic organization that believes in the transformative power of art. Inspired by the forest as a perfect ecological factory, it is conceived as a creative factory where dance art meets and plays with different artistic areas to create various innovative art formats. It starts with the body, movement, and dance as an inspirational moment and approaches creating content focusing on young audiences.
Since the organization's beginning, the are formats that have emerged include:
The driving force of the organization is the artistic director Irma Unušić, who maintains a visionary-motivational role. The deputy artistic director in the creative leadership, Tea Maršanić, also strengthens the driving force. SHOOMA acts as a collective in which collaborators create and perform various artistic content for children and youth intertwined with play and art.
The organization was founded in 2017 in Bjelovar. Since then, it has contributed to the popularization of contemporary dance in Bjelovar city and its surroundings. In addition to the local and national levels, it also operates internationally. Although the most significant focus of the work is placed on the young audience, children, and young people, with the content we create, we strive to touch the hearts of every human being, regardless of age.
The vision of the organization is to create innovative, inspiring, high-quality, and age-appropriate performance-artistic experiences. It is followed by playfulness and careful consideration in creating content that aims to contribute to the children and youth quality of life and their families lives. Art and creativity are used to improve the well-being of children, youth, and adults, strengthen interpersonal relationships, self-confidence and encourage personal development.
SHOOMA loves to hug.
Likes to discover.
SHOOMA is a place for you and me; it arises for us and out of us.
Loves dancing because dance can say more than words.
Created to house everything loved, imagined.
SHOOMA is for play and art.
Play is art, and art is play.
We playfully create art.
Art plays us out, and playfulness makes us complete, preoccupied, fulfilled.
Dancing is like a playful movement of the body, and art is when we feel that playfulness does well for us.
We find the play in the body, movement, dance, words, thoughts, drawing, sound, and every human and natural action.
We turn our plays into performances, projects, and various formats for children and adults.
Our plays turn into places for you.
SHOOMA drives your creativity.
Out of love for the world.