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Raja Feather Kelly’s HYSTERIA Summer 2021 PINK AMBITION International Tour

Raja Feather Kelly’s HYSTERIA Summer 2021 PINK AMBITION International Tour


New York Live Arts and Raja Feather Kelly


Live Arts’ Ford Foundation Live Gallery


Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 8:00pm
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 8:30pm
Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 8:30pm



New York Live Arts and Raja Feather Kelly


New York Live Arts and Raja Feather Kelly present Raja Feather Kelly’s HYSTERIA Summer 2021 PINK AMBITION International Tour, kicking off with a socially distanced live remount in Live Arts’ Ford Foundation Live Gallery April 8-10 2021.

Commissioned by Live Arts, Kelly’s solo dance, theater, visual performance and installation will reach 7 cities in 7 months. Co-presenters and tour locations include: On the Boards in Seattle, WA; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH; Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME; ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria (Live Performance); and The Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, OR. 

In Raja Feather Kelly’s HYSTERIA, Kelly continues his study of pop culture and its displacement of queer Black subjectivity. Picking up where his 2018 performance, UGLY, left off, Kelly resituates himself as a glamourous, extraterrestrial entity—both alien to the world and wholly consuming its pop cultural byproducts. HYSTERIA marks the collapse of fiction into fact, tracking the subsequent inner turmoil, confusion, and mania that Kelly sets out to exorcise. 
Raja Feather Kelly’s HYSTERIA is choreographed, directed and performed by Raja Feather Kelly, with video by Laura Snow with Kelly, photography by Kate Enman, sound by Raja Feather Kelly and Remy Kurs, and cinematography by Laura Snow with CJ Ferroni. Set and prop design is by Kelly with Enman and lighting design is by Tuce Yusak. Corresponding interactive large scale installation created in December 2020 specifically for Live Arts’ lobby wall under the same title remains on view anytime from outside and will be open to the public for indoor viewing prior to the April performances starting at 2pm EDT. 

HYSTERIA was commissioned by and originally presented by New York Live Arts as part of the Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist Program with lead support from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on December 11, 2020.

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