air & water created & performed by Christine Bennett, Mary McCarthy and DeAnna Pellecchia set design by Michael Dowling and Peter Smit
"Time after time, they move away only to be drawn back, like flies lured to a spider's web. It is fascinating to watch" -The Boston Globe
"Gravity doesn't appear to be an issue for Bennett Dance Company. They climb, embrace and intertwine on a knotted-rope net high above the stage...performing balancing feats that would have Ringling Bros.' acrobats trembling in fear. They balance precariously on the side of a copper container filled with water...without fear of slipping...And they do both in one performance, combining two movements that would exhaust an average dance company." -Jennifer Lord, Metro West Daily News
"(DeAnna)...effortlessly skims to the top of the netting then inches her way down backward, head first, as the others lay trapped beneath, straining upward. In one duet, (she)...tugs at the ropes as if trying to tame a wild beast." -Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe
AIR & WATER, described by the Boston Globe as "vivid, provocative, imaginative, and viscerally satisfying", transports dancers eighteen feet above ground and several feet under water. This evening-length performance features two collaborative works, THE NET and WELL. In WELL company members Christine Bennett, Mary McCarthy and DeAnna Pellecchia wheel onstage a 4-by-4-foot well designed by visual artist Michael Dowling. As it slowly spins, reddish light glinting off the metal creates flame-like flickers on the walls and ceiling. "The performers dance in and around the tub suggesting cleansing, sustenance, baptism, oblivion," (The Boston Globe) creating an elemental depiction of women as the keepers of water. THE NET relies on the use of a large rope net (18' high x 26' wide) designed by Dutch visual artist Pieter Smit. In this piece the same trio navigates the web-like terrain using ropes as pendulums. While the netting provides a challenging landscape for the dancers to traverse, it both enables and confines, alternately ensnaring them and allowing them the vehicle to become airborne, spinning, dipping, hovering. AIR & WATER was performed at The Boston Center for the Arts, Regis College and St. Joseph College.