KAIROS Dance Theater a movement and performance workshop centered around helping young women find their own voice
about the project Based in the personal experiences of the Artistic Directors, HER began as a series of duets exploring the intense dynamics between women that lead to bullying and it’s traumatic after effects. After every performance of the duets, crying women would wait to speak with them and talk about their own experiences. Galvanized by these powerful conversations, DeAnna and Ingrid were inspired to turn these duets into an evening length work. HER is a contemporary dance production that explores the experiences of women and girls of all ages. This narrative journey weaves together powerful, multi-sensory images depicting aggression, bullying, friendship, love, conformity, identity, and isolation, demonstrating the varied and powerful pathways that women walk as they relate to each other and their world. It has grown to include 8 professional dancers, 2 children and a chorus of 30 women from the community. Featuring digital-media, sets, theater lighting and couture costumes, HER is a compelling testament to the beauty, power, fragility and strength of women.
the HER residency The HER Residency includes the company's evening-length performance of HER in conjunction with workshops offered to the community. Artistic Directors DeAnna and Ingrid have developed a series of workshops designed to provide a space for women to tell their stories about female aggression and bullying and feel empowered in both their physical and emotional selves.
The workshops are structured to accommodate both dancers and non-dancers ranging in age and ability. Curriculum is based on KAIROS' existing master class “Movement Has Meaning,” an introduction to choreographing with intention and emotional power using Laban Movement Analysis, choreographed phrases, and improvisational methods in order to invite a deep connection to the work for each individual student. Participants 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 individual’s personal voices the hope is to be able to better support women to feel more empowered and fully immersed in both their physical and creative selves.
Participants are also invited to perform in the evening-length production ofHER. Performing is not required but is strongly encouraged. Students interested in this opportunity will be required to attend 12 hours of rehearsal with the company; attend all technical and dress rehearsals; and be available for all performances.
performance history HER premiered at Boston University on October 17 & 18, 2014.
Work-in-Progress excerpts of HER have been performed over 40 times: Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA), Provincetown Dance Festival (Provincetown, MA), Hatched Series (New York, NY), Dancing in the Streets Festival (Somerville, MA), Dances at Noon/Tufts University (Medford, MA), Chaotic Forms/The Nave Gallery (Somerville, MA), Boston University Showcase (Boston, MA), Dance for World Community Festival (Cambridge, MA), Six Degrees of Separation (New York, NY), Roger Williams University Basement Series (Bristol, RI), The Rose Kennedy Greenway (Boston, MA) and many more.
supporters The creation of HER has been supported by the Boston Center for the Arts, The Boston Dance Alliance, The Dance Complex, Boston University, The Cambridge School of Weston, The Northfield Mount Hermon School and Medicine Wheel Productions.