Full Disclosure: John Kelly in Time No Line
About This Show
Time No Line is a solo performance work that focuses on how we can recognize collective histories through the experience of an individual. Based on John Kelly’s personal journals and workbooks – 40 years of writing and reflection – the work is theatrically structured as a non-linear work to articulate some experiences and themes that have affected the survivor of a lost generation. This work explores the potential for personal experience as a shared antidote to an interrupted cultural dialogue.
Time No Line will include the components that have comprised Kelly’s past works: physical movement, projections, music and song, and spoken text. Utilizing his work as visual artist, the black floor will serve as a surface for drawing with white chalk – responding to, notating, and erasing experience and memory.
The themes of Time No Line are time capsules that chart a personal history that dovetails with significant cultural events: the East Village performance art scene of the 1980’s, gender performance, the AIDS epidemic, the culture wars, queer history, gentrification, and New York’s evolving cultural landscape:
About the Artist
John Kelly is a performance and visual artist. His performance works range in scale from solo to larger ensemble, and stem from autobiographical, cultural, and political issues. Subjects have included the Berlin Wall, the Troubadours, the AIDS epidemic, and Expressionistic Film, and character studies based on Egon Schiele, Caravaggio, Antonin Artaud, Joni Mitchell, and Jean Cocteau. These works have been performed at The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial, PS 122, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and London’s Tate Modern.
Kelly has received 2 Bessie Awards; 2 Obie Awards; 2 NEA American Masterpiece Awards; an American Choreographer Award; a CalArts/ Alpert Award in Dance/Performance; a Visual AIDS Vanguard Award; and the 2010 Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Recent residencies include Armory Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory, the Civitella Ranieri Center, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the LMCC Process Space Artist in Residence program. He was recently a Visiting Artist in Residence at Bard College (2013-15).
Writing includes ‘JOHN KELLY’, a visual autobiography, published by the 2wice Arts Foundation in association with Aperture; essays for Movement Research Journal, Inside Arts, Metro New York, The Italian Journal, and Performing Arts Journal.
He recently reconstructed his 1990 Obie Award winning ‘Love of a Poet’ (a staging of Robert Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ song cycle). He is currently working on a 4 channel and single channel video work ‘Escape Artist Redux‘; his first solo recording ‘Beauty Kills Me‘ was recently released.
Friday, January 6 at 7:30pm
$15 in advance
$20 at the door
Presenters attend FREE
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PHOTO CREDIT: Dargelos