Raja Kelly

Tuesday, April 28th 11am-1pm
Wednesday, April 29th 11am-1pm
Monday, May 25th 11am-1pm Co-teaching with Mariana Valencia


I have been developing my body of work as movement-based performance essays. My artistic process/classes begin with physical games, puzzles, systems and strategies and develop into research-driven, iterative practices.I desire to recognize and go beyond the ordinary, especially in respect to movement vocabulary, the line between personal and private, and duration. My research-driven, iterative processes question when a work or the audience become necessary to the achievement of the practice; and by what means is the most appropriate to communicate to said audience: movement, video, text, prop?

Physical and verbal conversations on pop-culture and the human condition (or our ultimate concerns of human existence: meaning, loneliness, freedom, and mortality). How does one’s body or other material matter grapple with this in space, time, and the mainstream.

How does one’s body respond to a decline in reflectivity or self-awareness and an evident dependency on gender, race, class, what’s hot, and what’s not.


RAJA FEATHER KELLY is a dancer and choreographer, acclaimed equally for his technical virtuosity, stage presence, depth of emotional and visual sensitivity, and intellectual insight of the contemporary pop culture in which he often finds inspiration for his own work. His versatile performing skills - displayed, among others, in numerous productions by David Dorfman Dance, zoe | juniper, Reggie Wilson, in a 2010 BESSIE-winning piece The Radio Show by Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion, and in collaborative projects with Zoe Scofield, Tzveta Kassabova, and Paul Matteson - garnered him critical acclaim in the U.S. and abroad. An English and dance major with deep interest in both verbal and nonverbal forms of expression, Raja Kelly founded his performance company the feath3r theory after writing a novel of the same name (still in development). As a teacher, he has been a Guest Artist at New York University, The University of Virginia, Memphis University, University of Florida, Dance House in Melbourne, Australia and most recently a Guest Lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Guest Choreographer at Princeton University. Honors, residencies and grants awarded to his work include 2010 and 2009 Bates Dance Festival Merit Scholarships, 2013 Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer in Residence, 2014 LMCC Workspace Recipient, Princeton University Guest Choreographer Position, 2013 and 2014 University of Florida Choreographic residencies. He has also been a co-producer of the summer dance series RoofTop Dance and is a contributing writer for The Dance Enthusiast. Off the stage, Kelly is the company manager for Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group.