“One of the greatest joys of my professional life is to present work that is provocative, unusual, and moving. The recent installation by John Cira of STRETCH / HOOK transformed our gallery. The culminating performance by the remarkable DeAnna Pellecchia, whose intense choreography was paired with the exquisite improvisation of Kenny Werner, was one of those events where multiple art forms were joined and presented at their highest caliber. The sold out, cheering audience will be talking about this very special night for years to come.”
– David Kuehn, Executive Director, Cotuit Center for the Arts
Stretch / Hook
STRETCH / HOOK is a powerful and provocative live performance integrating sculptural installation by visual artist John Cira; dance and choreography by DeAnna Pellecchia; and original music performed by jazz pianist Kenny Werner. The installation consists of mammoth rays of illuminated spandex growing out of the floor, walls and windows, slicing across the space in all directions, creating an immersive landscape for Pellecchia to discover and traverse. She climbs, dives, swings, embraces and confronts, disappearing into and emerging from the towering walls of fabric. The kinetic facades alternate from blockade to cradle; obstacle to vehicle; friend to foe. Kenny Werner, heralded as one of the greatest pianists of our time, plays a spontaneous composition, acting as a fluid partner for the athletic and daring choreography. The three elements intertwine
and drive each other, culminating in a literal unraveling and exciting transformation of the installation itself.
Each of Cira’s installations is specific to the space it occupies; Pellecchia’s choreography and Werner’s composition are happening improvisationally in real time. Every performance of STRETCH / HOOK is distinctly different — with each rendering, each space, each musician, the experience changes – what audiences witness will never, and could never be replicated.
STRETCH / HOOK premiered on May 28, 2016 at Cotuit Center for the Arts to sold out audiences and standing ovations.
STRETCH / HOOK is ready for touring and can be installed in galleries, museums, and outdoors spaces; and can be performed with a rotating cast of musicians.
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