Profile Type: Artist
Kairos Dance Theater

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

Combining strong dance technique with affecting performance, rich visual imagery, music, and digital technology, Kairos creates an emotionally powerful physical landscape that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance. Kairos produces work that is equally rooted in research and personal experience, evoking intellect, emotion, reflection, and discovery for both performers and audiences. Using choreographed phrases, improvisational methods, storytelling, movement and theater games, research materials, and a healthy respect for whimsy, Kairos creates a workshop environment that invites inspiration and ensures a deep connection to the work for all of our dancers.

Kairos has performed throughout the Boston area and in New York, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod. The company has also participated in residencies and workshops with such organizations as The Urbano Project, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, and Newton Country Day. Collaborating with artists from all genres and successfully engaging communities through though-provoking work are central goals within Kairos. Kairos's current project "HER" explores the complex dynamics of relationships between women of all ages. Delving into issues of bullying, conformity, isolation, and love, "HER" grew from a series of duets into a full-company project which premiered as an evening-length production in October 2014. The work aims to engage women and girls from all communities, invite conversation, and reflect personal stories. "HER" features a cast of dancers and a chorus of women from ages 9 to 6, as well as original costumes, set and lighting design, and digital projections.


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 (2005-2014). 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.


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Co-Founder/Artistic Director
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02215
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Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Medicine Wheel Productions


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - Storytelling
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Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments


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: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age