Raja Feather Kelly : RCA In-Process

Feb 6, 2020

@New York Live Arts Studios

Tickets on-sale December 2019

RCA In-Process


Tickets for the Spring 2020 season will become available in December 2019.

the feath3r theory is remaking the film Dog Day Afternoon as a speculative documentary dance theater queer-fantasia where psychological realism meets pop soap opera at a cabaret club called Wednesdays.

In our show, WEDNESDAY, the members of the feather theory take on the role of journalists in search of the real and true motivations behind the bank robbery in Dog Day Afternoon. Money for a sex change.  At once we are a fast-paced, high-stakes newsroom, but without the primary source material (people or media) to corroborate our investigation, we find ourselves as our only source for reenacting the situations and stories to comprehend our research.

We dismantle Dog Day Afternoon by re-centering the story on a fantasy in which Liz Eden- for whom the character Leon in Dog Day Afternoon is loosely based and the reason why the character Sonny, loosely based on John Wojtowicz, conspires to rob a bank- is the protagonist. The Fantasy: Eden stars in a cabaret act called The Garden of Eden, inspired by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at our nightclub Wednesdays. This fantasy comes from numerous articles that speculate Eden’s dream of writing a book, owning a discotheque, and performing a cabaret act at a nightclub– which she never got to do, even after receiving what is speculated to be somewhere between $25,000 and $50,000 for her role in inspiring Leon’s storyline in Dog Day Afternoon.

Liz Eden’s story has been stolen, libeled, underrepresented, exploited, unmanaged, and still remains untold. But is it our story to tell?  Shining the spotlight on Eden’s story, shines a spotlight on America. Who gets to tell who’s story? What is revealed? What is left out? What and Who is Erased?

Our speculative documentary dance theatre queer-fantasia where psychological realism meets pop soap opera at a cabaret club called Wednesdays is where comedy reveals tragedy in a “Theatrum Mundi” in which music, movement, and speech are inseparable.

Raja Feather Kelly is the 2019 – 2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA). Raja has also been awarded a New York Dance Performance “Bessie” Award, a Bessie Schonberg Fellowship at The Yard, a DanceWEB Scholarship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, a HERE Arts Fellowship, 2018 Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter, and a Choreography Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. Join us for this special work in progress showing of the new work that Raja is developing to premiere in Fall of 2020.

About the Artist:
Raja Feather Kelly