Cultural Provocateur John Kelly Takes the Stage at MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

October 21st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara


John Kelly, a theater artist of rare emotional depth, presents “Time No Line,” a solo work-in-progress based on personal journal entries about the East Village of the 1980s, gender performance, the culture wars, queer history and more, incorporating movement, projections, song and spoken word. Kelly takes the stage at MASS MoCA’s Club B10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (October 22).

John Kelly originally trained as a dancer, studying with top ballet schools before transitioning to the fine arts with a focus on painting and drawing. His connection with the self-portrait progressed into his work with corporeal mime, trapeze, tight-wire and voice. Each interest produces a different perspective on the human body, which has become a central theme in much of Kelly’s work.

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Countertenor John Kelly’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” is Grand Opera, Dance and Show Tunes [Berkshire on Stage]

October 14th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara
John Kelly: Find My Way Home @ MASS MoCA

From our News Desk: On Saturday, October 15 at 8 an extraordinary performance of Find My Way Home will take place at Mass MoCA. If you are not familiar with countertenors, you are in for a surprise when you attend this fascinating offering at the always innovative Mass MoCA. If the “Three Tenors” were able to drive audiences wild, then John Kelly – who is a countertenor singing an even higher range of notes – will make everyone go absolutely crazy.

But his voice is just part of it. He is a multidisciplinary artist using every tool imaginable to recast the classic role of Orpheus as a famous 30’s radio crooner. Orpheus makes a pact with the gods and descends into hell to bring Eurydice back to life. Created during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Find My Way Home deconstructs genres of opera, period dance, and cinematic acting, and includes scenes and arias from Gluck’s baroque opera Orfeo Ed Eurydice, (sung in Kelly’s countertenor voice), together with film sequences, set and costume design, and a company of 11 singers and dancers.

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