Raja Feather Kelly - “Lyrical Dance For A Lost Generation” @ Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
In all his flamboyance, (wigs, unitards and dangerously high heels, light- up tutu and more), Raja Feather Kelly was a gracious host for an evening of wild and wonderful works by 14 artists (Jordan Isadore, Dante Brown, Effy Falck, Nicole Wolcott + Casey Bobbitt, Cameron McKinney / Kizuna Dance, Lisa Fagan DanceProblems, Cori Olinghouse, Gierre Godley, Larissa Velez-Jackson, the feath3r theory, Melissa Toogood, Messiah Mesihovic / Circuit Debris, BS Movement and Jadd Tank). Presented by Kelly and Brooklyn Dance Club at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, the evening was titled “Lyrical Dances For A Lost Generation.” Lights dim, a red carpet is rolled out and a “show-and- tell” with what lyrical dance is followed: Kelly gave words and Isadore responded with lyrical movements that matched the words. The audience roared. The evening was informal and each artists was as much a participant as they were cheering audience members. Introductions of each by Kelly were spur- of- the- moment fun (he would way, “selection #9969, selection #111, or #54P”) until the end. Though some works were a bit too long for this showcase of fun, Walcott + Bobbitt were lyrically lovely, Fagan’s DanceProblems was a cool twist on two bodies moving together, Toogood’s jazz hands and legs that fly to the show stopping Broadway number from La Cage aux Folles “I am what I am” was a nice surprise and Mesihovic’s Circuit Debris was solid. By far, Kelly’s company, the feath3r theory, in his funky and complimentary homage to pioneers in dance rocked the evening – only here would it be ok to hear Rihanna’s “Bitch Betta Have My Money” accompanying Paul Taylor’s choreography! Bring on the second annual!
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."