“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, dance, and live music. The installation, consisting of mammoth rays of illuminated spandex growing out of the ground and surrounding architecture, slices across the space, creating an immersive landscape for dancer / choreographer DeAnna Pellecchia to discover and traverse. The kinetic facades alternate from obstacle to vehicle; friend to foe as she climbs, dives, swings, disappears into, and emerges from the towering walls of fabric. The accompanying musician (either violinist Emily Stewart or jazz pianist Kenny Werner) plays a spontaneous composition, acting as a fluid partner for the athletic choreography. The three elements intertwine and drive each other, culminating in a literal unraveling and exciting transformation of the installation itself.
STRETCH / HOOK is ready for touring; can be installed / performed in galleries, museums, and outdoors spaces; and can feature a rotating cast of musicians. Each of John Cira’s installations is specific to the space it occupies; Pellecchia’s choreography is designed in response to the installation and performed improvisationally in real time conversation with the musical composition. Every performance of STRETCH / HOOK is distinctly different — with each rendering, each space, each musician, the piece changes – offering a unique and exciting experience for both performers and audience.
STRETCH / HOOK premiered on May 28, 2016 at Cotuit Center for the Arts to sold out audiences and standing ovations. It made its international debut in La Brousse, France at ZOU Arts Festival on September 21 & 22, 2018.
EMILY STEWART | VIOLINIST / COMPOSER
Hailed for her rich, enveloping sound and vibrant stylistic execution, violinist Emily Stewart has distinguished herself as a stand-out artist in the evolving world of violin performance. Classically trained, Emily holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance from Boston University. She has performed across the globe with Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and Delta Rae. She is a former member of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and has served as Associate Concertmaster of the New England Repertory Orchestra. emilystewartviolin.com
KENNY WERNER | PIANIST / COMPOSER
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. Kenny, a Grammy-nominated musician, was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. Kenny has performed and/ or recorded with Toots Thielemans, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz , Elvin Jones, John Scofield, 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. kennywerner.com
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