RAJA FEATHER KELLY - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Raja Feather Kelly’s choreography includes: I, I Am A Dancer (Ars Nova ANT Fest), UGLY (The Bushwick Starr), ANOTHER FUCKING WARHOL PRODUCTION (The Kitchen, American Dance Festival, nominated Most Innovative Dance Performance of 2017 by Dance Magazine), ANDY WARHOL’S BLEU MOVIE (BAM Fisher, Baryshnikov Arts Center), ANDY WARHOL’S TROPICO (Danspace Project), ANDY WARHOL’S DRELLA (I Love You Faye Driscoll) (The Invisible Dog), and ANDY WARHOL’S 15: COLOR ME, WARHOL (Dixon Place).
Off-Broadway credits include choreography for A Strange Loop directed by Michael R. Jackson (Playwright Horizons), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY directed by Lila Neugebauer (Signature Theatre); Susan-Lori Parks’ THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Signature Theatre, received a 2017 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival); Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Signature Theatre); Daaimah Mubashshir's EVERYDAY AFROPLAY (JACK); Jim Findlay's ELECTRIC LUCIFER (The Kitchen); Jackie Sibbles-Drury's FAIRVIEW, directed by Sarah Benson (Soho Rep) and LEMPICKA, directed by Rachel Chavkin (Williamstown Theatre Festival).
Raja was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and is the first and only choreographer to dedicate his company’s work to Andy Warhol and the development of popular culture over the last thirty years. Kelly can be seen in the work of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Keely Garfield, and Kota Yamazaki. He has formerly been a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Christopher Williams Dance, and Zoe | Juniper.
A 2017 Princess Grace Award winner in Choreography and a Director for Soho Rep's 2018/19 Writers and Directors Lab, his honors include a 2018-2020 HERE Arts Fellowship, 2018/19 CartHorse Fellowship at the Buran Theatre, a 2018 Alan Kriegsman Residency at Dance Place (Washington, D.C.), 2018 Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, 2018 Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter, a 2017 Bessie Schonberg Fellowship at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, a 2016 NYFA Choreography Fellowship, a 2015 Dixon Place Dance Artist Residency, and a LMCC Workspace Residency. A 2009 DanceWEB Scholar, Raja has been the Guest Choreographer at Bates Dance Festival, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Florida, University of Utah; and the Harkness Choreographer-in-Residence at Hunter College. He is a Connecticut College alumnus and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Dance.