Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory


New York Live Arts Lobby
April 8, 9, 10
Member Pre-sale March 19
Public on sale March 25
Tickets start at $25

For HYSTERIA program click here.
New York Live Arts and 2019–2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA) 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 with more dates and locations to be announced.


Live Arts Members may access tickets starting March 19, 2021; General tickets go on sale March 25.

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.

A corresponding interactive large scale installation under the same title created in December 2020 specifically for Live Arts’ lobby wall remains on view anytime from outside and will be open to the public for indoor viewing prior to the April performances starting at 2pm.

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.

The live performance will be viewable to a sidewalk audience from behind Live Arts’ glass front lobby. Tickets are extremely limited due to New York State health and safety guidelines. All other attendees are encouraged to RSVP with suggested ticket donation. All attendees are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance. Unclaimed seated tickets will be released for sale 10 minutes prior to the performance.

Co-presenters & Summer 2021 International Tour locations include:

On the Boards in Seattle, WA (Film Screening) – May 2021

Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH (Film Screening) – June 2021

Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME (Film Screening) – July 2021

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria (Live) – August 2021

The Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, OR – Sept 2021