Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory
BAC and Princess Grace Foundation-USA offered Kelly a two-week virtual residency to support the creation of his latest project, Phantasia. Phantasia!. Working remotely with his collaborators Sophie Maguire, Laura Snow, Kate Enman, You-Shin Chen, Tuce Yasak, and Remy Kurs, Kelly developed a multimedia ballet incorporating physical theater, documentary, cinéma vérité, and dance to create an alchemy in which each aspect touches and enhances the others from the moment of inception to performance. Phantasia. Phantasia! dissects and appropriates the tools of Walt Disney and his collaborators to unearth and interpret the debris of what Disney created and left behind.
Kelly will receive a third week of residency in the Rudolf Nureyev Studio at a future date.
Raja Feather Kelly
Raja Feather Kelly is a choreographer, director, and the artistic director of the feath3r theory and New Brooklyn Theatre. A three-time winner of the Princess Grace Award, Kelly is the 2019–2020 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and was a 2018-2019 fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU.
Kelly is a current fellow of HERE Arts, and a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School. Over the past decade, Kelly has created fifteen evening-length premieres with his company the feath3r theory as well as choreographing extensively for Off-Broadway theatre in New York City. In 2019 he was nominated for the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award and the Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography. Kelly’s choreography has garnered a 2018 Breakout Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF); he is a 2019 SDCF Joe Callaway Award finalist for outstanding choreography (A Strange Loop, Fairview), Dance Magazine's inaugural Harkness Promise Award (2018), and the Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography (2016). Kelly was born in Fort Hood, Texas and holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Connecticut College.