Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Raja Feather Kelly / the feath3r theory

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Resident Artist

Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly / the feath3r theory (NYC) will develop Fantasia, a design and dance driven performance, featuring a surreal visual and auditory experience and exploring the parallels, intersections, hubs, and crashes of disparate movement styles. Taking as its framework the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk – a wholly realized, unified, and diverse work of art – Fantasia approaches its research from the perspective of the dancing body.


Raja Feather Kelly
Artist Bio

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.

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