Raja Feather Kelly
Raja Feather Kelly breaks complicated text into three-dimensional movement landscapes. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s philosophy and aesthetic as a model for repetition, iconography, and cinematic sensibilities, Kelly amplifies mundane, pedestrian movement into scientific and virtuosic choreography. His work appropriates the structures, themes, and aesthetics found in reality television, celebrity culture, and social media, then deconstructs them into new works which combine dance, theater, and visual media. He aims to challenge his audience and collaborators to collectively recognize, interrogate, and celebrate their own implication in popular media: how media has trained and molded their desires, relationships, and identities.
Kelly’s choreographic credits include seven evening-length works that were created and performed in NYC. Off-Broadway credits include choreography for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lila Neugebauer, Susan-Lori Parks, Lilieana Blain-Cruz, Jim Findlay. Honors include a 2017 and 2018 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, 2016 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, 2017 Bessie Schoenberg Fellowship, and the 2016 NYFA Choreography Fellowship.
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Raja Feather Kelly breaks complicated text into three-dimensional movement landscapes, amplifying the mundane into scientific and virtuosic movement while interrogating our societal relationship to popular media.Artist Bio