KAIROS is committed to bringing together artists from all disciplines to collaborate on expressing ideas in innovative ways. In pursuit of creating engaging, sensory work, KAIROS is always open to working with musicians, visual artists, digital media designers, photographers, film artists, lighting designers, and more.
KAIROS’ creative process is a collaborative one. Collaborators’ expertise, imagination, and perspective are layered into workshops and rehearsals, directly informing choreography and composition. In this way they are asked to find a deep connection to the work; their individual talents and commitment to craft play an integral part in what audiences see onstage.
John Cira is a visual artist based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, involved in the creation of site specific sculptural installations. Cira’s work is designed to elicit an experience, provoke thought, create a moment of pleasure, dilemma, or outrage. He intervenes in spaces – whether two or three dimensional – in ways that draw on the volumes of influences contained in his own personal experience with past and present masters, advanced or primitive cultures, peers and collaborators. He utilizes a range of media to keep the learning curve mobile, advanced, evolving. His installations utilizing spandex fabric have been commissioned by the Fuller Museum, Cape Cod Community College, Bridgewater State College, Heritage Museums and Gardens and the Hyannis Harbor Art Center. John was commissioned by the Provincetown Art Association to create a floating sculpture to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Provincetown. He has also installed temporary outdoor works at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. John works in various media at the Old Schoolhouse Studios in Barnstable, MA. His photo-generated altered images have been exhibited at the Provincetown Art Association and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
Michael is known as one of Massachusetts’ most innovative and courageous artists who produces visually stunning, ambitious public works of art that serve and inspire communities on many levels. His work stems from his heartfelt desire to beautify and make life better for all. Michael holds a BFA and MFA from Boston University, where he studied with Philip Guston and James Weeks. Michael is the founder and director of Medicine Wheel Productions, which aims to enable individuals to access the hidden world through art. The organization invites people to gain awareness of themselves in their communities by participating in the creation of enduring, site specific public art projects in which they explore and share issues unique to their individual and collective experiences.
Dave Eggar is regarded as one of the finest cellists on the planet. That cello solo you hear in the intro to Coldplay’s first #1 single “Viva La Vida” is Dave’s performance. On the Billboard Top 200 #1 album, the debut solo album by Zayn Malik, Mind of Mine, Dave plays and arranged the music. A musical prodigy as a child, Dave began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School’s Doctoral Program. Eggar has performed worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist. A virtuoso of many styles, Dave has performed and recorded with various artists including Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, Evanescence, The Who, Pearl Jam, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Fall Out Boy, Kathleen Battle, Ray Lamontagne, Frank Ocean, Corinne Bailey Rae and many more. His list of awards and accomplishments includes accolades from Time Magazine, ASCAP, The National Endowment for the Arts, Sony Records Elevated Standards Award in classical music, the Geraldine Dodge & Leonard Bernstein Foundations, and at 15 was the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International Competition. Dave’s 4th solo release, Kingston Morning, created with collaborator Chuck Palmer was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for best “Instrumental Arrangement” His band, Deoro, is Dave, Chuck Palmer and Tom Pirozzi.
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.
Cellist Sam Ou came to the United States from Taiwan at age 4, and began his cello studies at age 9. After completing his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in New York from Columbia University and The Juilliard School in their double degree program, Mr. Ou moved to Boston to study with Laurence Lesser at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), where he graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts. Mr. Ou has collaborated and performed with the Huntington Piano Trio, the Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Hung-Kuan Chen, Pi-Hsien Chen, James Dunham, Thomas Hill, Patricia McCarty, Paul Neubauer, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lois Shapiro, and Marcus Thompson. Mr. Ou has performed in several music festivals, including Tanglewood, Sarasota, Musicorda, Santa Fe, and La Jolla. He has been a visiting lecturer, performer, and cello teacher at Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, where he conducted solo and chamber music masterclasses and performed with Fu-Jen faculty musicians. Mr. Ou has also coached undergraduate chamber ensembles and orchestral cello sectionals at Tufts University. A faculty member and assistant string chairperson at NEC’s Preparatory School, Mr. Ou maintains a private teaching studio, and in the summer, he teaches in Belmont, MA at Music on the Hill, a chamber music program for young musicians. In 2012 Mr. Ou released his first CD, With String & Pipe, in which he collaborated with organist Harry Lyn Huff.
[Lighting, Set & Aerial Rig Designer | Technical Director]
Lynda Rieman is strongly passionate about collaborating with other artists to create performances that authentically weave together various crafts and mediums. She has been working in the medium of dance since the 1980s, creating performance environments with lighting, sets, found objects, sound, film, and aerial rigging. After receiving her BA in dance from Bard College, she co-founded San Francisco-based Zaccho Performance Group with Joanna Haigood. Lynda has worked as technical director, set designer, lighting designer and director, production manager, and stage manager for companies including CONTRABAND, Oberlin Dance Collective, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Chitresh Das, Paul Dresher Ensemble, and the Dance Brigade. She worked as production/stage manager and lighting director for both Theater Artaud and ODC/San Francisco. Lynda currently manages the dance theater at Boston University, where she designs lights for faculty, student, and guest concerts.
Johnny Reinhard is a celebrated composer, conductor, performer, and teacher. Reinhard is director and founder of the American Festival of Microtonal Music (AFMM) for 25 years, specializing in all manner of microtonal performance. Reinhard performs as a virtuoso bassoonist, as well as on the recorder, and as a vocalist specializing in the works of American microtonal pioneer Harry Partch. Reinhard has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Russia. He has played with international virtuosi including kavalist Theodossii Spassov (Bulgaria), Thereminist Lydia Kavina (Russia), oboist Bram Kreeftmeijer (the Netherlands), and the FLUX Quartet (USA). In 2000 he was featured on bassoon by Ornette Coleman to critical acclaim in the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival. For fifteen years he played electric bassoon with Jon Catler’s rock group, The Microtones. Reinhard has also notably completed a number of important works of composers in exemplary performance. These include his realization and subsequent premiere performance of Charles Ives’ Universe Symphony in 1996 in New York’s Lincoln Center, and the premiere of Edgard Varèse’s Graphs and Time in 1987 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Reinhard is currently professor of bassoon at New York University; he has also taught at Long Island University and Columbia University.
Gabriel Rizzo is a live event photographer in the Boston and Cambridge, MA areas who specializes in dance, concerts, film and theater productions, nightclubs, and other events. In addition he does modeling, portrait, nature, wildlife, travel, and still life. Previous clients include KAIROS Dance Theater, ManRay NightClub Reunion, ANIKAI Dance Theater, Sarah Jezebl Wood, Danza Organica, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Heart & Dagger Productions, Videodrome Discotheque, Chez Henri, Imbibe Catering, Maven Productions, Don Ricardo Restaurant, and local music scene.
Elena Ruehr is an award winning faculty member at MIT (since 1992), a Guggenheim Fellow, and has been a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute and composer-in-residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which performed and recorded her major orchestral works (O’Keeffe Images, BMOP Sound) as well as the opera Toussaint Before the Spirits (Arsis Records). Three of her six string quartets were commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet, who have recorded How She Danced: String Quartets of Elena Ruehr. Her quartets have also been performed by the Biava, Borromeo, Lark, ROCO and Shanghai string quartets. Her other recordings include Averno (Avie with the Trinity Choir, Julian Wachner, conducting), Jane Wang considers the Dragonfly (Albany), Lift (Avie) and Shimmer (Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble on Albany). Dr. Ruehr was a student of William Bolcom at the University of Michigan, and Vincent Persichetti and Bernard Rands at The Juilliard School. Elena Ruehr’s oeuvre includes compositions for chamber ensemble, orchestra, chorus, wind ensemble, instrumental solo, opera, dance and silent film. Her work has been described as “sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies” (The New York Times), and “unspeakably gorgeous” (Gramophone).
Shinique Smith is inspired by the vast nature of ‘things’ that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. The graffiti of her youth, Japanese calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism are influences from which she extracts ‘ the graceful and spiritual qualities’ in written word and the everyday. Smith’s artwork is on view Until May 2011 in a survey exhibition at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, which originated at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Her work has also been exhibited at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder CO, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, National Portrait Gallery, DC, The New Museum, New York, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, PS1/MoMA, NY, Rubell Family Collection, Margulies Collection, and the Denver Art Museum. She received awards and fellowships from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Smith earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Smith currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is represented by Yvon Lambert Gallery, NY/Paris, Brand New Gallery, Milan and Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg.
Known for her rich, enveloping sound and cognitive pedagogical approach, violinist and educator Emily Stewart enjoys an active life of performing and teaching in the Northeast. She holds degrees in violin performance from the University of Kansas (B.M) and Boston University (M.M., D.M.A.) and, as a Fulbright scholar, attended the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva under the tutelage of Jean-Pierre Wallez. She has performed in festivals and concerts across the globe, and among her honors are prizes from the Independence Symphony Orchestra, Mu Phi Epsilon, and the Grand Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Dr. Stewart is on the faculty of the Brookline Public Schools and has given master classes at the Winchester Music School Chamber Music Program and with the National Sinfonia Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Stewart currently resides in Boston, MA, where she also enjoys teaching fitness classes, vegan cooking, and attending concerts of varying musical genres.
Carlos Villamil is a Colombian designer based in Boston, MA since early 2006. His background is in Industrial Design and he has worked extensively in graphic design and marketing, as well as fashion and footwear design. In 2013 Carlos was selected to be part of The Launch, Boston Fashion Week’s emerging designers’ platform. In 2014, he won the 1st edition of Descience – Science On the Runway, a global competition organized by MIT scientists with the aim of bringing scientific research to a broader audience through fashion. For the past few years Carlos has been working with DeAnna Pellecchia and KAIROS Dance Theater following a collaborative approach to design their costumes for performances including HER (2014), Blue Girl Gold (2016), and STRETCH/HOOK (2016). His personal work is oriented in Zero Waste clothing and currently he is Master candidate in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University.
Kenny Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over forty years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. In 1996 he wrote his landmark book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating The Master Musician Within. Werner has since created videos, lectured world-wide and authored many articles on how musicians, artists or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to it’s highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful and disciplined in our work and in our life.
Kenny, a Grammy-nominated musician, was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. No Beginning No End is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, Kenny’s third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet.
Kenny has performed and/ or recorded with Toots Thielemans, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz , Elvin Jones, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Archie Shepp, Ron Carter, Mel Lewis, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Rawls, Joe Lovano, and Betty Buckley, among many others. He is currently Artistic Director of The Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee School of Music.