Atelier Past Faculty
Raja Feather Kelly
Raja Feather Kelly’s choreography includes Another Fucking Warhol Production (The Kitchen), Andy Warhol's Bleu Movie (BAM Fisher), 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 Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY directed by Lila Neugabauer (Signature Theater), Susan-Lori Parks’ The Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World directed by Lilieana Blain-Cruz (Signature Theater, nominated for 2017 Lucille Lortel Award), Funnyhouse of a Negro written by Adrienne Kennedy and directed by Lila Neugebauer (Signature Theater, Nominated for 2017 Lucille Lortel Award); Daaimah Mubashshir ’s EVERYDAY AFROPLAY (JACK); and Richard Allen and Taran Gray’s Freedom Riders directed by Whitney White. Kelly was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and is the first and only choreographer to dedicate the entirety of 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 is a former company member with David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Christopher Williams Dance, Zoe | Juniper, and Colleen Thomas and Dancers.
Raja Feather Kelly's honors include a 2017 Princess Grace Award for a Fellowship in Choreography, a 2017 Bessie Schoenberg Fellow at the Yard on Martha's Vineyard, a 2016 NYFA Choreography Fellow, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, a 2016 Dancemapolitan Commissioned Choreographer, a 2015 Dixon Place Dance Artist in Residence, and a LMCC Workspace Residency Recipient. He has been a guest choreographer at Bates Dace Festival, Princeton University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Florida, University of Utah, and Middlebury College; the Harkness Choreographer in Residence at Hunter College; and a 2009 Dance Web Scholar. Kelly has also received two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. He is a Connecticut College Alum and holds Bachelor’s degrees in both English and Dance.
“Raja Feather Kelly Almost Left Dance Behind for Theater. Now He’s Thriving in Both Worlds” | Dance Magazine, Jan. 13, 2020