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 performances 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.
KAIROS uses rich, visual imagery to craft emotionally powerful performance pieces that take audiences on a visceral journey. The company’s immersive, multi-sensory performances have been featured as Critics’ Picks fifteen times by the Boston Globe; and presented throughout New England, New York, South Korea and Russia at galleries, museums, theaters, site-specific landscapes, and 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), ZOU Arts Festival (France), 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, 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 KAIROS was awarded the New England Dance Fund Grant by New England Foundation for the Arts 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.
What Is KAIROS?
KAI•ROS [kahy-rohs] -noun:
1. time which can not be quantified.
2. the supreme moment.
3. the moment of decision. action. change.
4. the call to ignore the forward motion of chronological time.
The ancient Greeks believed in two types of time: chronos – referring to chronological or ordinary time; and kairos – meaning unique time, or time in between. KAIROS is the threshold to the deeper, time-bending truths of life that connect us to the infinite and the universal. KAIROS is an invitation to savor, to be in the now, to dream, to feel, to expand, to circle back, to remember. Mining ‘kairos time’ is at the heart of all of KAIROS Dance Theater’s creative projects.
KAIROS Dance Theater performances transcend time, defy perception, and challenge complacency.
KAIROS Dance Theater is committed to creating immersive, multi-sensory performance experiences. Artistic Director DeAnna Pellecchia crafts dances both site-specific and for the stage that seamlessly integrate the disciplines of dance, theater, visual art, music, and digital technology. KAIROS produces work that is equally rooted in research and personal experience, evoking intellect, emotion, reflection, and discovery for both performers and audiences. The intention is for audience is to have an emotional and physical experience first and an intellectual experience second.
The company’s creative process leads dancers through intense exchange and distillation to build compelling movement pictures. The choreographic style, inspired by the diverse movement backgrounds of the dancers, blends free-wheeling turns and leaps with sudden inversions, extreme suspended shapes, rhythmic isolations, quirky gestures, and intricate footwork.
KAIROS Dance Theater dates back to 1999, when founding directors DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz began dancing and performing together. In 2005, after many conversations about their experiences as young girls, they began creating a series of duets entitled “That Girl and the Other One.” In 2012 they expanded the company to include a full cast of dancers to intensify the interactive landscape of their work. DeAnna and Ingrid co-directed the company until 2015.
KAIROS Dance Theater is currently led by Artistic Director / Choreographer DeAnna Pellecchia with assistance from Rehearsal Director Kristin Wagner.
The company is continually evolving, approaching each rehearsal and performance as a new opportunity to deepen connections between performers and audience.