Raja Feather Kelly, New York-based choreographer, writer, and company director of the feath3r theory, continued to create solo work in 2020 despite the complete shutdown of theatres and performance venues in New York. This online talk will explore how Raja channeled his boundless creative energy into the production of “Hysteria” (Dec 2020), a hybrid installation/online performance created for NY Live Arts, and will include footage of the performance.
We will discuss the future of Raja’s Off-Broadway creative works which were scheduled to open in 2020, as well as how Raja continued to lead his dance company through a year where all live performance was halted.
Raja Feather Kelly is a choreographer, a director, and the artistic director of the feath3r theory. In 2020, he was an Obie Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award honoree for choreography for the Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop. In 2019 he was an SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award finalist for both A Strange Loop and the Pulitzer-winning play Fairview. He is a three-time Princess Grace Award winner (2017, 2018, 2019) and two-time Lucille Lortel Award nominee (2019, 2020). Raja was also the 2019–2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a 2019 Creative Capital award recipient, and a resident artist of HERE and Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU.
Moderated by Jordan King
This free event will take place on Zoom.
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