DeAnna Pellecchia & Ingrid Schatz
Our work as artists is built around the empowering experience of creating movement, sharing stories, building connections, and using the body as an instrument of power and expression. We are committed to making compelling works of performance art that engage, inspire and transform audience and performers alike.
We credit Paula Josa-Jones as a major influence for her theatrically intense and emotionally rich performance images, Christine Bennett for her collaborative process working with visual artists and composers, and Nicola Hawkins for her commitment to craft. We are inspired by Eve Ensler’s fearless commitment to women; Rachel Simmons’ pioneering and empowering work with adolescent girls; the immediacy of Andrea Miller’s movement materials; Crystal Pite’s costume, set and movement inventions; Sidi Larby Cherkaoui’s collaborations; and our Nanas’ timeless wisdom.
– DeAnna Pellecchia & Ingrid Schatz
KAIROS Dance Theater was born out of a 16-year collaboration between DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz. From 1999 – 2015 DeAnna and Ingrid performed, taught, toured, choreographed and collaborated together throughout the United States. They co-founded KAIROS Dance Theater in 2005 and co-directed the company until 2015.
KAIROS Dance Theater is currently led by Artistic Director / Choreographer DeAnna Pellecchia.
[Artistic Director / Choreographer]
DeAnna Pellecchia has established herself as one of Boston’s most prominent dance-makers, creating and performing over a hundred critically acclaimed dance works which have toured locally, nationally and internationally. She has danced with horses, in trees, on stilts, under water and through air and has been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, books, movies, music videos and publications including STUFF Magazine, Dance Magazine, Contact Quarterly, Backstage Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald, among others. DeAnna has collaborated with Grammy-nominated musicians Kenny Werner, Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce; NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard; MIT’s acclaimed composer Elena Ruehr; award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson; legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater; and internationally acclaimed visual artist Shinique Smith. She has performed at venues including The Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., The Los Angeles Convention Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Dance Theater Workshop in NYC, and the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert; and throughout India at The National School of Drama in Delhi and Chennai, University of Calicut in Kerela, Alliance Francaise in Bangalore, and Abhinaya Theater in Hyderabad. DeAnna’s individual work has been presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Charles Playhouse / Broadway Across America, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and The Huntington Theatere, among others. She is a principal dancer with Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works (since 2000); and has also danced with Anikaya Dance Theater, Kinodance Company, Bennett Dance Company, Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, and Anna Myer & Dancers. Ms. Pellecchia received a B.A. in Dance / Performance from Roger Williams University. DeAnna has taught as a guest artist at Boston Conservatory, Concord Academy, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and Massachusetts College of Art, among others. She currently resides on dance faculty at Boston University (since 2002), Simmons College and Boston Ballet. www.deannapellecchia.com
[Founding ARTISTIC Director / Choreographer]
Ingrid Schatz is a professional dancer, choreographer and arts educator. She has performed and presented her own work nationally (New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, LA, and more) and internationally (France, Russia, Armenia). Her work has been presented and supported by the Bank of America Celebrity Series, Crash Arts/The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Summer Stages Dance Festival, Boston University, Roger Williams University, Critical Moves Performances Series, Outside Art Collective, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Newton Country Day School, Northfield Mount Hermon School and more; and her work has been funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), National Dance Project (NDP), LEF Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was honored for work with Kinodance Company by DANCE MAGAZINE, which named them one of “25 to watch.” Ingrid was a principal dancer with Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works, for whom she was was also Rehearsal Director. She has also danced with Anikaya Dance Theater, Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company and Bennett Dance Company. Ingrid has taught for the dance department at Boston University, for the Dalcroze Department of Longy School of Music/Bard College and at many public and private schools, universities and institutions throughout the United States. She currently owns The Dance Studio in Orange, MA where she directs, teaches, supervises faculty, designs curriculum and produces performances for 150 students and two performance companies in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and creative movement. Ingrid received a BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts.