Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Joseph Keckler

BAC Space Resident Artist

Singer and writer Joseph Keckler (NYC) will develop Let Me Die, a performance piece combining operatic death sequences drawn from the canon of tragic opera. A festive meditation on opera and death, the work incorporates vocal techniques, humor, autobiography, and observation to create vignettes of everyday life that extend toward the mythic.


Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Altman Foundation, Anonymous, James H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, and Dance/ NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Ford Foundation provides leadership support for international residencies.

Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

Joseph Keckler
Artist Bio

Joseph Keckler

Joseph Keckler is a singer and writer. He was recently described as a "major vocal talent who shatters the conventional boundaries" by The New York Times. His concerts have recently been seen at Lincoln Center and Centre Pompidou.

He has created several evening-length performance pieces and various songs and videos. His piece Train With No Midnight was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, MCA Chicago, and Dartmouth, and his forthcoming performance Let Me Die is commissioned by FringeArts and Opera Philadelphia. His writing has appeared in Literary Hub and VICE and Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World, a collection of his essays and stories, was published last year by Turtle Point Press. He is currently working on projects in the realms of TV, art, and music.

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