turf choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz in collaboration with Medicine Wheel Youth Performers
TURF is a piece about boundaries. Inner cities continue to be hot spots of ethnic, racial and political tension where youth are sometimes assumed to be unaffected by their cultural climate. TURF marked the first year of a performance component to the art-based program at NO MAN'S LAND. Movement inspired by physical tasks performed on the land and poetry derived from sometimes heated discussions with the teens, reveal true feelings about the city they live in, lines they cross everyday and hopes for making their neighborhood a better place for the future. TURF was awarded the "Boston Peace Party Community Star Award" from the City of Boston for outstanding work in fostering peaceful neighborhoods.
reservoir | 'the ressie' choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz in collaboration with Medicine Wheel Youth Performers
RESERVOIR explores the power and importance of water, or lack there of. Guest artists from Bennett Dance Company perform with the teens; movement assumes the elemental qualities of water and centers around a copper well designed by visual artist Michael Dowling. The sculptural urban landscape of NO MAN'S LAND becomes a character all its own as movers portray the co-dependent relationship between water and the land we stand on. RESERVOIR was funded in part by the Boston Now Program, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
threshold | 'the mythology of beings' choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz in collaboration with Medicine Wheel Youth Performers
THRESHOLD transverses the gardens, fences and stone paths of NO MAN'S LAND, while incorporating spoken text, dance, gestures and partnered lifts. Movements, derived from original poetry written by the teens, symbolize passageways that mark significant transformation through the course of our lives. A work about personal and communal metamorphosis, THRESHOLD, illustrates the ever-changing world we live in through the eyes of young adults. THRESHOLD was funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Boston Now Program, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.