photo by Paula Court

John Kelly is a performance and visual artist.


John Kelly Performance supports the creative work of John Kelly and his collaborators. These solo and group dance theatre works dramatize the lives of characters – whether real or fictional – revealing their dreams, foibles, and humanity. These works are sometimes directly autobiographical, and inspired by personal, cultural, and political realities.


His visual art relates to his performance work as it is frequently self-reflective, and includes drawing, painting, photography, and video.

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TIME NO LINE Kelly’s new autobiographical performance work, will soon premiere at La MaMa for a 3 week run, February 22 – March 11th.

DOWN TO YOU: John Kelly sings Joni Mitchell was recently called one of The Best Opera and Vocal Performances of 2017 by The New York Times

TIME NO LINE was recently performed at Oberon for the Globeron Festival at A.R.T. in Cambridge, read the blog interview ‘Turning In Time‘ –

John’s Debut Album – BEAUTY KILLS ME has been released – You can purchase it HERE. Thanks for all our Indiegogo campaign contributors who supported this project.

On March 26th Kelly was the subject of the Coffeehouse Chronicles at LaMaMa.  This career celebration included archival material, panelists, and brief live performances – see the video and images HERE.

Support the work of John Kelly Performance by making a secure tax-deductible contribution HERE.

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