Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
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

  • May 2013

    KAIROS has been produced both at ArtBeat (July 2012) and the SomDance/Dancing in the Streets Festival (May 2013).

  • DeAnna resided as a staff artist at Urbano Project from 2009 - 2012, providing mentorship to young people across the city of Boston. She taught Dance and Compostion Workshops in 2009 and 2010, co-taught the Spoken Word Curatorial Program in 2011 and co-taught Act Up. Speak Out. Move Forward, an URBANO artists' project, in 2012. Her work with teens while in residence at URBANO Project in 2012 received recognition from President Obama’s Committee on Arts & Humanities as one of the top 50 exceptional youth programs in the U.S. for their work in presenting rich learning opportunities to young people in the field of arts.

    KAIROS Founding Directors DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz’s curriculum for creating collaborative performance projects with teenagers, originally implemented at Urbano Project in 2012 was chosen for publication in the Spring 2013 issue of the Harvard Educational Review (Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education).Pellecchia and Schatz co-authored the essay “Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward. Disobedience-Based Arts Education” along with artist Alison Kotin, musician Shaw Pong Liu, and Urbano Project founder Stella McGregor. The essay discusses the potential of contemporary art to empower youth, provoke audiences, and foster conversations, and offers a model for the development of arts education.

  • YOU WILL BE SAFE is based on a solo performance choreographed by KAIROS' Founding Directors DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz, for dancer Kristin Wagner during the company's 2012 Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency. Wagner's solo is part of "HER", an ongoing work developed by Pellecchia and Schatz which uses contemporary dance to explore and shed light on women's complex struggles for strength and personal identity in the face of society’s expectations. Digital media artist Alison Kotin generated interactive, real-time projections based on Wagner’s movements and silhouettes which were captured with an infrared camera, and then digitally simplified, distorted, and translated for the screen. Originally screened as part of a dynamic stage set during Wagner’s solo performance, YOU WILL BE SAFE is also a powerful stand-alone video piece. Ghostly images move through space and then dissolve into abstract geometric form. YOU WILL BE SAFE was one of ten pieces chosen by Massachusetts artists and artist teams selected to be featured as part of ART ON THE MARQUEE at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for fall 2012. Selections were based foremost upon artistic excellence through a proposal process managed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts, a non-profit arts organization created to foster, develop, and present a wide spectrum of media arts, including electronic and digital experimental arts programming.

    Alison’s work explores the interplay of performance and digital media through motion- and touch-activated projects modeled on musical instruments. Her works invite play, creation, and audience participation, incorporating sound and movement through site-specific installations and interactive digital objects. She has shown work at the 2009 and 2011 Boston CyberArts Festival, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Bakalar and Doran Galleries, and other venues around Boston and beyond. Alison is an instructor of graphic design and web design at MassArt and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the co-founder of The Urbano Project, a non-profit studio and art gallery space established in 2009 in Jamaica Plain, dedicated to empowering urban teens. Her writing has appeared in the Teaching Artists’ Journal and the Youth Media Reporter, as well as The Experience of Dynamic Media. Alison holds an MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and DEsign, a BA in English Literature from Brown University (’00), and a Diploma (’06) and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (’04) in design and studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Physical Address: 
217 Main Street #3
Boston, MA 02129
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Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Medicine Wheel Productions


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Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - Storytelling
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General Public
School Groups
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
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

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
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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
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age