collaboration between visual artist John Cira composer / pianist Kenny Werner and dancer / choreographer DeAnna Pellecchia
STRETCH / HOOK is a powerful and provocative live performance integrating sculptural installation by visual artist John Cira; dance and choreography by award-winning performance artist DeAnna Pellecchia; and original music performed by legendary jazz pianist Kenny Werner. Each of John Cira’s installations is specific to the space that it occupies, resulting in a unique landscape for dancer DeAnna Pellecchia to discover and interact with; Pellecchia’s movement choices and Kenny Werner’s spontaneous composition are happening improvisationally in live, real time conversation. Every performance of STRETCH / HOOK is distinctly different — with each rendering, each space, each musician the experience will change – what audiences witness will never, and could never be replicated.
STRETCH / HOOK is an intimate evening of exploration and live performance that pushes the boundaries between three distinct art forms. The performance is a fully collaborative effort, layering the expertise, imagination and perspective of each artist. John Cira’s mammoth rays of illuminated spandex growing out of the floor, walls and windows slice across the space in all directions transforming the space into an immersive landscape for dancer DeAnna Pellecchia. On her journey she climbs, dives, swings, confronts and embraces, disappearing into and emerging from the towering walls of fabric. The kinetic facades alternate from blockade to cradle; obstacle to vehicle; friend to foe. Jazz pianist 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.
STRETCH / HOOK premiered on May 28, 2016 at Cotuit Center for the Arts to sold out audiences and standing ovations. CLICK HERE for video.