UGLY (Black Queer Zoo)

Part dance-theatre and part pop-culture collage, Raja Feather Kelly is UGLY and this is the latest from the Warhol-obsessed; Black; Queer; Drama Queen of the feath3r theory and his response to the dearth of nuanced black queer subjectivity in the mainstream. UGLY premiered at the Bushwick Starr, September 5-9th, with support from the Harkness Foundation for Dance and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

“A ‘Yellow Glamour Alien’” by GIA Kourlas

“A ‘Yellow Glamour Alien’” by GIA Kourlas

I am an Ugly man. No, I am not an artist like those who created Beyoncé; nor am I one of your New York chosen ones /darlings / flavor of the week ectoplasms. I am a queer of substance, of color and depth, thoughts and expression– and I might even be said to possess magick. I am Ugly, understand, simply because you refuse to see me… 
— Raja Feather Kelly 
The human mind is hungry and needs to be fed, and there’s spirit and dignity that popular culture does not serve... It was at that moment I knew Raja’s ballet had been effective.
— Jake Goldbas, JiveFlash

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Presented by The Bushwick Starr

September 5-9, 2018

Written, directed, and performed by Raja Feather Kelly

Lighting Design: Tuce Yasak

Set Design: You-Shin Chen

Sound Design: Emily Auciello

Photography: Kate Enman

Cinematography by Laura Snow & CJ Ferroni

Project Manager: Rachel Pritzlaff

Production/Stage Manager: Kimberly Golding

Choreographic Associates:
Amy Gernux & Aaron Moses Robin

UGLY (BQZ) Program


Raja Feather Kelly's UGLY was created with support of the Harkness Foundation, The Bushwick Starr, and the Princess Grace Foundation- USA. Raja Feather Kelly is a 2017 and 2018 Princess Grace Awardee.

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