“ONE OF THE TOP 15 PERFORMANCES TO WATCH THIS FALL”
-The Boston Globe
“ONE OF THE TOP 5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND”
-WBUR / The ARTery
IN OBJECT., KAIROS DANCE THEATER OFFERS A MULTI-MEDIA TIME TRIP THROUGH DECADES OF GENDER OPPRESSION.
KAIROS’ evening-length, multi-media performance exploring the feminine experience, the spectrum of gender, and the resilience of survivors premiered to sold out audiences at Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre in November, 2019.
“We are immersed for 70-minutes in a powerful evocation of the destructive culture created by men who treat women as sex objects. This daring performance was four years in the making, the brainchild of DeAnna Pellecchia…”
– Jessica Lockhart | The Arts Fuse
“Here the subject is the objectification of women, hence the overtones of the title of the piece. But the title OBJECT., with a period, also represents an imperative verb not a noun. That title’s double significance, then, stands for both the subject of objectification, and, as well, an encouragement for women to take up arms against that objectification.
This is not “ordinary” choreography…”
-Charles Munitz | Boston Arts Diary
OBJECT. straps audiences into an emotional roller coaster — careening them from laughter to wonder to provocation to discomfort.
The age-old stories passed down to us in lore and song, plastered on billboards and in magazines, consumed in movies and television, bind femininity to specific roles. They describe exactly how to look and how to act. They prescribe, how to exist in our own bodies and minds. Society’s endless obsession with the objectifying of the female form shapes cultural norms across the globe, affecting body image and self-identity, limiting the representation of females in positions of power and ultimately, contributing to the continued acts of violence against women. Through the examination of media driven archetypes and clichés, OBJECT. exposes the world of unattainable standards created by gender stereotypes and the damaging effects of feminine objectification.
“Combining stories from several women, she aims to complicate the stereotyped picture. Her dancers, intermittently clad in seven inch platform stilettos, smile masks, and what are described as “vintage ‘undergarments’,” hang in the balance between casualty of stereotype and defiant individual.”
– Matt Dinaro | Boston Magazine
The show’s three acts are driven by, and in response to, decades of the objectification of women that’s been commonplace in all threads of American culture: fashions ads, movies, music, even beloved cartoons.The images and movement in “OBJECT.” reflect these tropes, but also turn the tables on them. The performance is punctuated by spoken word, projections of historic imagery and video clips, and audio passages that are alternatingly empowering and disturbing. The choreography spans a variety of styles, blending video dance, pole dance and contemporary dance, and is inspired by iconic Hollywood and fashion imagery; feminist poetry; and personal stories from female-identifying community members.
“They appeared with surgical masks strapped to their heads, with painted smiley mouths in red lipstick. They contorted their happy faces as they grabbed their breasts and sank to the floor in anguish. The action was repeated over and over again — and it was startling. The company’s dancers performed with admirable concentration, bringing considerable physical and emotional strength to this intense study of how women are objectified. Yes, the subject matter was visceral and disturbing, but Pellecchia writes that the intent of OBJECT. is to be jarring yet accessible. And she has succeeded.”
-Jessica Lockhart | The Arts Fuse
“…elegantly-shaped, accessibly-presented complexity characterized the work from beginning to end. It took us through time, different atmospheres and separate women’s internal experiences. The program didn’t hold back from difficult things to illustrate or experience — yet the result was the potential to generate the kind of deep-seated emotion that is necessary to drive change.”
– Kathryn Boland | Dance Informa Magazine
The Ministry of Femme Project
By engaging community though performances, conversations and interactive workshops, KAIROS’ MINISTRY of FEMME Project aims to offer a fuller understanding of the complexities of the feminine identity; and strives to provide a platform for a further conversation about the stereotypes we all experience. The MINISTRY of FEMME Residency features the company’s evening-length performance OBJECT. in conjunction with workshops offered to the community which aim to give voice to women, femme and female identifying (womxn). The MINISTRY of FEMME Residency can be structured to suit the specific needs and goals of your students / community. Please CONTACT US for more details.
“…the evening was powerful…the performance couldn’t be more timely…I especially liked the tableaux section, ironically since I am such a fan of high intensity movement. I think that section, because you took your time with it, seemed more like a meditation – one that slowly turned my stomach.”
– Cathy Nicoli | Assistant Professor, Roger Williams University Dance Department
PROMO VIDEO CLICK HERE
PRESS RELEASE CLICK HERE
BOSTON GLOBE CRITICS’ PICK FEATURE CLICK HERE
BOSTON SPIRIT MAGAZINE PREVIEW ARTICLE CLICK HERE
WBUR / THE ARTERY PREVIEW ARTICLE CLICK HERE
THE ARTS FUSE REVIEW CLICK HERE
DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE REVIEW CLICK HERE
BOSTON ARTS DIARY REVIEW CLICK HERE
THE ARTS FUSE 2019 DANCE HIGHLIGHTS CLICK HERE
“The show was amazing from start to finish! I laughed I cried, it’s really a must see to experience its powerful message!”
“I have never been to a performance like this and wasn’t sure how it would be. I absolutely loved it! I laughed, I cried (along with the sobbing guy next to me) and would totally see it again.”
“The show was fantastic. I will be processing, thinking about it for months, and interpreting everything I saw. Thank you.”
“This performance was so powerful and intimate. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to experience your story. This helped validate so many emotions for me.”
“I wanted to say how much the content resonated with me. Both last night, and now, I’m struck by the both the subtlety and in-your-face-ness of different moments. As a woman, and a particularly empathetic one at that, it spoke to many of the feelings of fem anger/comparison/expectation in my life. And even — called me into question as the viewer, when the cast would look back into the audience during the show. What am I thinking of while watching? Am I (socialized female) dissecting/comparing myself to their bodies/movements because that’s what I’ve been taught all my life? Why? The piece sparked a lot of thought in my mind, and I thank you for that.”
“I laughed, I cried, and I was in complete AWE as I watched. The objectification of women is real and everyone has a story to tell. It was absolutely fascinating how I could interpret the various messages and stories throughout the piece. The music, choreography and flow was outstanding!! I feel so honored to have been in the audience.”
“I was there on Friday and was impressed with the scale and scope! Congratulations! It must feel like you finally finished birthing this massive being. The work has deepened and the addition of the mixed audio brought your message home loud and clear. You have an amazing cast of committed dancers.”
-Micki Taylor-Pinney, Director of Dance, Boston University