Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Kairos Dance Theater

Boston’s Kairos Dance Theater is an eclectic contemporary dance company committed to creating emotionally powerful, viscerally charged performance art. Led  by Artistic Director DeAnna Pellecchia, KAIROS engages audiences with innovative performances and workshops throughout the Boston area and beyond.

Combining strong dance technique with rich visual imagery, live music and set design, KAIROS Dance Theater creates a commanding physical landscape that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance. The company is passionate about bringing together artists from all disciplines to collaborate on expressing ideas in innovative ways. In pursuit of creating engaging, sensory work Artistic Director DeAnna Pellecchia has worked with visual artists, musicians, composers, and costume and set designers including Grammy-nominated musicians Kenny Werner, Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce; NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard; MIT’s acclaimed composer Elena Ruehr; Mexican fashion designer Carla Fernandez; and internationally acclaimed visual artist Shinique Smith, among many others.

The resulting performances present non-linear story mosaics combining dance, light, myth, music, visual art, memory and text to create compelling movement pictures and commanding visual landscapes. Artists are asked to find a deep connection to the work via a workshop environment -- dancers’ physicality, intellect, vulnerability, and curiosity are called upon; collaborators’ expertise, imagination, and perspectives are layered in, directly informing composition and content. The choreography is athletic and daring, the performers bold and committed. By stripping away layers to expose their truest selves, the dancers do not just dance, they reveal and embody story telling as a catalyst, inviting us all to embrace our deepest humanity. KAIROS performances aim to tell stories that speak to the deep, human truths we all experience.

KAIROS’ immersive, multi-sensory performances have been featured as Critics’ Picks fourteen times by the Boston Globe; and presented throughout New England, New York, South Korea and Russia at venues including Boston University, Tufts University, Curry College, Roger Williams University, Medicine Wheel Productions, Provincetown Dance Festival, Booking Dance Festival (NYC) / Jazz at Lincoln Center, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Boston Cyber Arts Festival, Boston Exhibition & Convention Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Busan Biennale (South Korea), Compass Theater (Russia), Critical Moves Performance Series, ARTBEAT & Dancing In The Streets / Somerville Arts Council, Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Day, HATCH Presenting Series (NYC), and its invitation-only follow-up series HATCHED (NYC), Six Degrees of Separation at University Settlement (NYC), National Convention of Artists & Innovators / Cue Ball Capital, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Nave Gallery, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex and Strand Theatre. KAIROS has been awarded residencies at URBANO Project, Roger Williams University and Boston Center for the Arts. In 2014 KAIROS was awarded Boston Dance Alliance’s Rehearsal & Retreat Fellowship. In 2017 New England Foundation for the Arts awarded KAIROS the New England Dance Fund Grant in support of the company’s continued work in Russia. KAIROS’ work with youth has received recognition from the City of Boston and President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for exceptional work in presenting rich learning opportunities to young people in the field of arts. KAIROS’ curriculum for creating collaborative performance projects with teenagers was chosen for publication in a special issue of Harvard’s Educational Review.

I Have Worked With

  • December 2014

    Medicine Wheel Productions has hired KAIROS to perform annually at its events and fundraisers, including at founding artist Michael Dowling's World AIDS Day art installation every December 1st. This 24-hour vigil has traditionally taken place at the Boston Center for the Arts' Cyclorama, although this past December 1st, 2014, the installation and site-specific performance took place inside Fort Independence on Castle Island in South Boston. 

    KAIROS Dance Theater founders, DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz, have also been collaborating with Medicine Wheel Productions for 12 years, working as teaching artists and creating performances for MWP’s youth programs which have been performed throughout the city of Boston. The site-specific outdoor performance TURF, created by DeAnna and Ingrid in 2002 in collaboration with at-risk youth, was awarded the "Boston Peace Party Community Star Award" from the City of Boston for outstanding work in fostering peaceful neighborhoods. In June of 2014, KAIROS Dance Theater became the official “Company in Residence” at Medicine Wheel Productions.  This official collaboration will engage youth who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and who are involved in the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services; offer jobs for dancers in KAIROS as Teaching Artists; afford Medicine Wheel Youth the opportunity to be trained by dance professionals; and create opportunities to collaborate and perform together. 

  • October 2014

    KAIROS has been produced at the BU Dance Theater multiple times since its inception, including at the Dance Faculty's annual Dance Showcase (2005-2017). KAIROS's first evening-length production "HER" was also produced here in October 2014. KAIROS enjoys a close relationship with Micki Taylor-Pinney, BU's Director of Dance, as well as Lynda Rieman, the Assistant Dance Coordinator and Theater Manager who also serves as the KAIROS tech manager and lighting designer. 

  • August 2014

    As the company-in-residence with Medicine Wheel Productions, KAIROS created a dance-theater piece entitled BATTLE in Summer 2014 incorporating the company dancers as well as a group of Medicine Wheel's youth from neighborhoods around Boston. BATTLE, which explored ideas regarding identity, conformity, and barriers and resulted from conversations with these youth artists, premiered at The Strand Theatre on August 28th, 2014, as a free performance open to the community.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
DeAnna
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Physical Address: 
217 Main Street #3
Boston, MA 02129
Last Name: 
Pellecchia
Phone: 
617-775-5435
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Medicine Wheel Productions

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1999
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
15
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
N/A
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
30' x 40' stage, black marley
White back wall or cyclorama and black traveler
Mid-stage traveler position to hang scrim
Projector located FOH that covers the back wall/cyc
Adequate dance light plot with 8 additional circuits for company lighting
Fee Range Minimum: 
$7,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$12,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
6
Maximum Number of Performers: 
30

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Dance
Design
Theater
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults