Introducing Vision Resident
raja feather kelly
raja feather kelly is an Obie-winning choreographer, director, artistic director of the feath3r theory and a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School. In 2020, Kelly made his directorial debut at New York City’s Second Stage Theatre with We’re Gonna Die. Since 2016, Raja has choreographed extensively for Off-Broadway theater in New York City, most notably for Signature Theatre, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Horizons. Frequent collaborators include: Lileana Blain-Cruz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Benson and Lila Neugebauer. Other theater credits include choreography for Skittles Commercial: The Musical (Town Hall), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (SohoRep), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), GURLS (Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre), Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop), Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre Company), If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons, nominated for the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award and the 2019 Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography), The Good Swimmer (BAM) and Faust (Opera Omaha). Most recent work: Fairview (SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award finalist for choreography; Soho Rep, Berkeley Rep, TFANA, and winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), A Strange Loop (Obie Award winner and SDCF Callaway finalist for choreography; Playwrights Horizons, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
VISION RESIDENCY SCHEDULE:
A Virtual Installation
Premieres March 20 @ 7PM ET | $10
Conceived & Directed by Tuçe Yasak
A visual experience of light and dark in conversation with Rumi’s poetry from Moon and Sun. Taking place on the vernal equinox, we mark a year of confinement as we welcome the new year and new light.
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THUG (Work in Progress)
A Dance Film Screening
Premieres March 25 @ 7PM ET | $10
Created & Directed by Tislarm Bouie
In 4 short dance films, Tislarm Bouie centers the nuances of Blackness and Masculinity in America.
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The Women (2021) [working title]
Premieres April 8 @ 6PM ET | $10
Created by L Morgan Lee & raja feather kelly
Featuring work by Kirsten Childs, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Donnetta Lavinia Grays,
Christine Toy Johnson, Bianca Leigh, Carmen LoBue & Nia Witherspoon
Directed by raja feather kelly
What does it mean to be a woman? What are the societal and gender expectations put on women? What are the obstacles? What are the beauty standards? Why is it so commonly through the eyes of men that women are defined? What does sisterhood look like? What happens when you allow women to tell their own stories? show their own truth? share their own light? Actress L Morgan Lee and Visionary raja feather kelly ask a group of writers from a variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences to ponder on this. This is a look in at a rehearsal of the first step in the development of a play, based around these conversations.
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A Listening and Viewing Party
Premieres April 9 @ 6PM ET | $10
Conceived & Directed by raja feather kelly & Emily Wells
Music Topu Lyo
Music David Baldwin
Music Jim Wells
Music Ximone Rose
Collaborative Performance Lorelei Ramirez & Morgan Bassichis
Writing Timmy Straw
Movement Troy Ogilvie
Artifact is an experiment in-process that invites a group of inclined and multifarious artists to exhibit their work by transfiguring ideas, partly in conversation with and partly in response to a new work-in-progress (Album and Opera) written and composed by Emily Wells and directed by raja feather kelly. This listening and viewing party will examine three songs in three ways- the original song obscured by these translations and artifacts.
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ABOUT THE VISION RESIDENCY
Designed to foreground Ars Nova’s values through the creation of more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, the Vision Residency expands Ars Nova’s artistic vision by inviting seven artist-curators to populate our digital platform with their own work as well as work by artists they champion and admire.
Each Resident is given broad support from Ars Nova’s full staff, and spends two months planning for one month of activity on Ars Nova Supra. Each will be paid for their curation and administrative work, as well as a program budget to allocate towards the creation, development and presentation of work during their curated month. Vision Residents are encouraged to invite other artists they feel inspired by, want to collaborate with or simply wish to amplify, to make and share work using the budget and resources of the residency during their month of programming.
The 2020/21 Vision Residents are:
Starr Busby, nicHi douglas, JJJJJerome Ellis, raja feather kelly, Jenny Koons, David Mendizábal & Rona Siddiqui.
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