KAIROS is passionate about working with movers of all ages and abilities, and inviting all to experience and understand the power of performance. For the past 15 years, KAIROS has enabled dancers and non-dancers to discover their voices and the importance of their own personal stories through carefully crafted & customized training programs. We apply art for social change specifically to the areas of women’s issues and at-risk youth. Our community based projects promote collaboration, risk-taking, border-crossing, and thinking deeply about the boundaries of art and lived experience; they are built on the foundation that engaging with the creative self, a person can break the chains of fear, doubt and trauma.
We make personally powerful live art in which all participants are fully engaged and present in every aspect of the process. This demands that we create a safe, brave space that allows for the communication of powerful emotions and truths to be revealed. Students are asked to collaboratively produce original movement and text through brainstorming sessions, theater and movement games, writing exercises and group discussions. Students are challenged to increase their range of motion and their aesthetic understanding of performance; to develop a choreographic voice; to find and trust their creative instincts; and to engage in a vibrant, inclusive, collaborative process. By focusing on the importance of personal voice we hope to foster empowerment and full engagement in both the physical and creative self.
KAIROS specializes in working with inner-city teenagers, both ‘arts-identified’ and ‘non-arts identified’. The company has worked with teens at Medicine Wheel Productions (South Boston), Vine Street Community Center (Roxbury), Celebrity Series (Boston), Cambridge School of Weston, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, URBANO Project, Cloud Foundation, and Northfield Mount Herman, among others.
Harvard University | 2013
KAIROS’ curriculum for creating collaborative performance projects with teenagers, originally implemented at Urbano Project (Jamaica Plain), was chosen for publication in the Spring 2013 issue of the Harvard Educational Review (Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education).
The essay, “Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward. Disobedience-Based Arts Education,” co-authored with digital media artist Alison Kotin, musician Shaw Pong Liu, and Urbano Project founder Stella McGregor discusses the potential of contemporary art to empower youth, provoke audiences, and foster conversations, and offers a model for the development of arts education. HarvardEducationalReviewArticlePDF.
President Obama’s Committee on Arts & Humanities | 2012
During KAIROS’ 2012 residency at URBANO Project, the organization was recognized by the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities as one of the top 50 exceptional youth programs in the United States for their work in presenting rich learning opportunities to young people in the field of arts.
City of Boston | 2002
The site-specific outdoor performance “TURF”, created in collaboration with the youth, was awarded the “Boston Peace Party Community Star Award” from the City of Boston for outstanding work in fostering peaceful neighborhoods.
Past Residencies and Outreach
KAIROS has worked with teens and youth labeled as at-risk at the following organizations / institutions:
- 2014 | Partnership with Medicine Wheel Productions, South Boston, MA
- 2012 | Residency at Urbano Project, in collaboration with Medicine Wheel Productions, Jamaica Plain, MA
- 2012 | Workshops at Newton Country Day School, Newton, MA
- 2012 | Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts, incorporated students from The Urbano Project, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, and The Dance Studio of Orange, MA into the final performance
- 2002 – 2004 | Residency at Medicine Wheel Productions working with at-risk youth in South Boston
- Master classes at Martha’s Vineyard Charter School, Oak Bluffs Elementary School, Boston University Youth Reach Summer Dance Program, Celebrity Series Boston, Cloud Foundation, and Oak Bluffs Middle School in conjunction with The Yard.
Artistic Director DeAnna Pellecchia has extensive individual experience working with teens both arts-identified and non-arts-identified:
- 2011 – 2012 | DeAnna in residence at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
- 2010 – 2011 | DeAnna in residence at URBANO Project
- 2007 – 2009 | DeAnna in residence at The Could Foundation
- 2005 – 2009 | DeAnna resided on faculty at Cambridge School of Weston
- DeAnna has also taught master classes at Concord Academy, Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Thalikulam Outreach Program (Kerala, India), John Britto’s Dance Studio (Chennai, India), The Huntington Theater, Boston Ballet and Newport High School