DeAnna Pellecchia is a dancer, choreographer, educator, equestrian, trainer, athlete, aerialist, actress and artist. She is committed to creating multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary works of live art. DeAnna crafts performance pieces both site-specific and for the stage that seamlessly integrate the disciplines of dance, theater, music, visual art and digital technology. She uses rich visual imagery to create dance-theater pieces that communicate emotionally powerful physical landscapes. The Boston Herald calls her “stunning…one of the area’s finest artists”. The Boston Globe describes her as “a committed and daring performer”. Bay Windows defines her as “…muscular, mesmerizing, unforgettable…”
As a dance-artist/educator, DeAnna’s mission is to bring dance, in the form of high-art, to the masses. In the process of achieving this goal she has danced with horses, in trees, on stilts, under water and through air; has been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, magazines, movies and music videos; and has performed in unconventional landscapes as well as theaters of all shapes and sizes across the United States from the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. to the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. DeAnna has toured throughout India, performing and teaching in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore for organizations such as the National School of Drama, Pondicherry University, Alliance Francaise and the University of Calicut. She has created performance pieces with Grammy-nominated musicians Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce, NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard, award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson and legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater. She has performed onstage with music artists including Mission of Burma’s front man/guitarist Roger Miller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s singer/composer Dina Fanai, and Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy. Her work has been presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, The Charles Playhouse/Broadway Across America, Critical Moves Performance Series, Outside Art Collective, Braver, P.C., Betty Riaz/STIL, The Huntington Theater, Boston University, Roger Williams University, The Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius, The Order of The Artists, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios.
Alongside Ingrid Schatz, DeAnna co-directs KAIROS Dance Theater, an eclectic performance company committed to creating emotionally powerful, viscerally chargeddance theater. Critics have called Pellecchia & Schatz “the sexiest and most ironic duo on the local scene…a new wave in contemporary dance”. Their project “THAT GIRL AND THE OTHER ONE”, which explores the intense dynamics cultivated in relationships between women, has been called “violently compelling”, “unnerving and intimate”, “a beautifully eerie duet”. DeAnna also collaboratively founded Savage Amusements with musician Ed Broms, formerly of grammy-nominated BLUE MAN GROUP. Their performance installation “RED CHARLIE” was produced at The Charles Playhouse by Broadway Across America. Thier collaboration inspired Broms to write and record the song, “DEANNA FLIES” which will appear on his newest album, currently in production.
DeAnna is a principal dancer with internationally acclaimed Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works. As an original cast member of PJJ/PW’s “RIDE” Project, she has been dancing with horses for the past ten years. She dances as a soloist with Kinodance Company (named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2008), an interdisciplinary artist collective which marries film projection with live performance. DeAnna is a principal dancer with ANIKAI Dance Company (since 2005), of which she is a founding member and for which she is Rehearsal Director. Ms. Pellecchia was a principal dancer with Bennett DanceCompany from 1999-2007, of which she was a founding member and for which she was Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Director. She has also had the pleasure of performing with Michael Jahoda’s White Box Project, Anna Myer & Dancers, Ipswich Moving Company and Nicola Hawkins Dance Company.