fuse choreography by Alissa Cardone & Ingrid Schatz performance by Kaitlin Morse, DeAnna Pellecchia, Christina Robson & Ingrid Schatz film by Alla Kovgan set design by Dedalus Wainwright music/composition performed live by Roger Miller lighting design by Kathy Couch costume design by Laura Coulter
DeAnna Pellecchia in "Amazonian glitter...cavorts, hangs, flips, gyrates inside or outside a giant box encased in taut gauze on which and through light splinters into confetti, explodes into wide green bands or windows, erupts in pink bubbles or ribbons of fire." Kinodance's "clanging multi-sensory collaborations... jangle like a sock to the jaw" and have "the power to rock a bit of your world". -Thea Singer, The Boston Globe
"Mysterious figures (the choreographers and Stephanie Lanckton and DeAnna Pellecchia) glimmered and went invisible in a 12-foot room with a scrim for a front wall...suspended on its roof, hanging from the ceiling and clambering up one perforated wall...the movement suggested dramatic encounters. Characters seemed to stalk other characters, capture them, partner them in shadow duets. A woman ricocheted off the walls;I thought of Lillian Gish trapped in a closet in Broken Blossoms." -Marcia Siegel, The Boston Phoenix
"Before the artistic collaboration of Kinodance, who knew dance, film, and the arts could be blended in such a way that the original boundaries between each medium ultimately seem to have never existed at all. In their mission to fuse the various arts, Kinodance succeeds." - Big, Red & Shiny
Light, alive in its many forms, the Film Frame, the Lumia Box, Silent Cinema with live accompaniment, and the film "Blade Runner” are the inspirations for FUSE.
In the 1920s and 30s, Thomas Wilfred, a Dutch-born American artist sought to define light as an artform, coining the term "Lumiaî to describe this new medium. Wilfred developed a self-contained mechanical device with a screen like a television set called the "Clavilux" to perform Lumia. This apparatus could play colorful and dynamic abstract light shows for days or months without repeating. Devising compositions for his "lumia boxes", Wilfred was able to choreograph color, volume, shape and movement trajectories of luminescent strokes to mesmerize viewers with elegant and vivid dances of light. After World War II, Wilfred found a new passion as an early pioneer of projection in theater. We were inspired to adapt Wilfredís ideas to an intermedia performance and have created our own lumia-box for the stage, envisioning it as a film frame or an oversized TV set.
Kinodance used Ridley Scottís 1982 film "Blade Runner", based on the cult novel by Phillip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" to structure FUSE. "Blade Runner" is a masterpiece of spectacular set & lighting design and its intriguing cast of characters provided us the raw materials to choreograph a drama in tune with a constantly evolving score of light and sound.