Dancing, Dialogue, Diplomacy: Decisions– a Conversation with Raja Feather Kelly

Raja Feather Kelly

Join the Brooklyn-based dancer and winner of the 2017 Princess Grace Award for
choreography as he discusses his experiences as a U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador.

Monday, October 23, 2017
McMillan Cafe'

Open to the Public.  Refreshments Provided.

Raja Feather Kelly’s Choreography includes Another Fucking Warhol Production (The Kitchen), Andy Warhol's Bleu Movie (BAM Fisher), Andy Warhol’s TROPICO (Danspace Project), Andy Warhol’s DRELLA, I Love You Faye Driscoll (The invisible Dog), and   Andy Warhol’s 15: Color Me, Warhol; (Dixon Place). Off-Broadway credits include choreography for Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY directed by Lila Neugabauer (Signature Theater), Susan-Lori Parks’ The Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World directed by Lilieana Blain-Cruz (Signature Theater, Nominated for  2017 Lucielle Lortel Award), Funnyhouse of a Negro; written by Adrienne Kennedy directed by Lila Neugebauer (Signature Theater, Nominated for  2017 Lucielle Lortel Award), Daaimah Mubashshir ’s EVERYDAY AFROPLAY (JACK) and Richard Allen and Taran Gray’s FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL (Acorn Theatre) Directed by Whitney White. 

Raja was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and is the first and only choreographer to dedicate the entirety of his company’s work to Andy Warhol and the development of popular culture over the last thirty years. Kelly can be seen in the work of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Keely Garfield and Kota Yamazaki. He has formerly been a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Christopher Williams Dance, Zoe | Juniper, Colleen Thomas and Dancers. 

Honors include a 2017 Princess Grace Award for a Fellowship in Choreography,  a 2017 Bessie Schoenberg Fellowship at the Yard on Martha's Vineyard, a 2016 NYFA Choreography Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, a 2016 Dancemapolitan Commission, a 2015 Dixon Place Dance Artist Residency, a LMCC Workspace Residency Recipient. He has been the Guest Choreographer  Bates Dace Festival, Princeton University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Florida, University of Utah, and Middlebury College; the Harkness Choreographer in Residence at Hunter College; a 2009 Dance Web Scholar; Has received 2 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. He is a Connecticut College Alum and hold’s Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Dance.