MMDG Master Class Series

Incubator Series - Raja Feather Kelly

Targeted to emerging choreographers and professional dancers, participants will work directly with artistic director Raja Feather Kelly and company members of the feath3r theory to workshop new ideas and understand how our influences inform our creative process. 

THE FEATH3R THEORY is a thought-provoking dance theater company. In collaboration with dancers, actors, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, lighting and graphic designers, TF3T exploits and excavates popular culture into humane and affecting dance-theater experiences that seek to popularize courage and empathy. TF3T was founded in 2009, when Artistic Director, Raja Feather Kelly, Premiered FANMAIL, a movement solo dedicated to his interest and infatuation with the life and work of Andy Warhol. New York Theater Review describes Kelly’s Warhol-inspired productions as “too viscerally engaging to turn away from” and Kelly himself as “a mad scientist of an artist.” TF3T has since been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, OUT.COM, Culturebot, chosen multiple times as a Critics’ and Editor’s Pick for Time Out New York, Flavorpill and The New York Times.

The premise:

You enter a room. You sit at a long, wooden (or maybe marble) conference table. You’re here for conversation. A portrait of the artist with their hand raised. (Your question here.) Nicole Krauss (American Fiction Writer) answers first. She explains, “having begun to feel, people’s desire to feel grew. They wanted to feel more, feel deeper, despite how much it sometimes hurt. People became addicted to feeling. They struggled to uncover new emotions. It’s possible that this is how art was born.” (Your question here.) Chris Martin (Brooklyn Based Visual Artist)  responds, “Art is the finger pointing to the moon—if we are lucky the finger disappears.” (Your question here.) Raja Feather Kelly (Host) thinks out loud “It’s Not ‘What’, but ‘How’. (Your question here.) Stanford Meisner (American actor and acting teacher), slams his hands on the table; everyone looks to him and he says, “It is all honest reactions to imaginary situations”. Everyone nods in agreement. You’re sitting next to Andy Warhol. He gestures for you to lean in closer. He whispers , “It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.” Everyone but you and the host exit. (Your question here.)

April 25
12:00PM - 2:00PM
$25 one day / $40 both days
April 27
12:00PM - 2:00PM
$25 one day / $40 both days

Raja Feather Kelly was born in Fort Hood, TX, and is the first and only choreographer to dedicate the entirety of his company's work to Andy Warhol. He is the creator of Andy Warhol's Drella (I Love You Faye Driscoll), Andy Warhol's 15: Color Me, Warhol, and Andy Warhol's Tropico, all of which have been performed to critical acclaim. For over a decade, Kelly has worked throughout the United States and abroad in search of the connections between popular culture and humanity and their integration into experiential dance-theatre. Kelly currently choreographs, writes, and directs his own work as artistic director of the feath3r theory, a culture-driven dance-theater company. Off-Broadway choreographer credits: Funnyhouse of a Negro (Signature Theater) written by Adrienne Kennedy directed by Lila Neugebauer; and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theater), written by Suzan-Lori Parks directed by Lilieana Blain-Cruz.  He the recipient of the 2016 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography and a 2016 NYFA Fellowship for Choreography. He has been the Guest Choreographer in Residence at Princeton University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Florida, Harkness Choreographer in Residence at Hunter College; and a Dance Web Scholar (Vienna). Kelly can be seen in the work of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Keely Garfield, and Christopher Williams. He has also performed with David Dorfman Dance, Zoe | Juniper, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, Colleen Thomas and Dancers, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. www.thefeath3rtheory.com

MMDG's Incubator Series is uniquely designed to offer dancers and emerging choreographers a chance to network, share ideas and develop community in a fun and inspiring environment. Intermediate to professional dancers work directly with established performing artists in a mini-intensive format to workshop new ideas and/or use the choreographic tools of the featured artist to inform their own creative process.

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