Paula Josa-Jones with Kairos Dance Theater

"a ying yang of the textures that have characterized our pandemic lives.
Created over those at once barren and cramped two years,
Husk/Vessel kinesthetically explores the sloughing off of brittle membranes
and the filling of interior hollows with passion and light..."

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A beautiful work of cascading movement and incredible sound design.
John Killacky, Artist, Arts Administrator, Horseman.

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husk/vessel asks how we shape images of self and other, and how our environments - including dress - affect our perception and movement. Our intention was to explore the fabric as both a part of and separate from ourselves, and the shifting emotional tones of that malleable relationship. We see the fabric as that which can contain and carry us and is also an expression of our inner materials - skin, fascia, muscle, bone - revealing the somatic and poetic dimensions of what holds and separates us.

husk/vessel is a collaborative group work that explores costume as both covering and habitat that conceals and reveals both dancer and dancing, simultaneously limiting and expanding the possibilities for movement and character. Each dancer moves within a unique garment-world of their own, exploring gradual and abrupt transformations and interactions both as soloists sharing common space, and as an ensemble creating a sense of tribe and relatedness among the performers.

husk/vessel strips away the usual approach to costuming as apparel and creates an unpredictable relationship between the body of the performer and the body of the costume. Rather than conventional improvisation or choreographic perspective, we are seeking a state change that allows for "being moved" by the mobile, sensual confluence of inner and outer landscapes. Our intention is to create a work that engages audiences as it also disrupts and complicates conventional notions of dance, the body, and the performative space.

Led by DeAnna Pellecchia, Boston's Kairos Dance Theater is an eclectic contemporary dance company committed to creating immersive, live performances that promotes dance as a portal for communication and social change. KAIROS aims to redefine the role of art in culture by rewriting culturally defined narratives and expectations. For the past 15 years, we have enabled dancers and non-dancers to discover their voices and the importance of their own personal stories through carefully crafted & customized training programs and performances throughout New England, New York and internationally.

Photos by Liz Linder

From the audience:
Paula! So beautiful! Thank you for bringing more magic to the world. The end part of the trailer where they all walk with the sheets - so poetically, hauntingly magical and visceral and transcendent to the concept of us as vessels and what we work through within and out of our husks. Appreciate you and all I have learned from you.