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Our  recent run of UNDERNEATH THE SKIN at La MaMa was a creative success ~


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 includes drawing, painting, photography, and video.

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UNDERNEATH THE SKIN a new dance theatre work based on the life of Samuel Steward (1909-1993) – the gay novelist, renown tattoo artist (under the name Philip Sparrow), and author of erotic fiction (as Phil Andros), recently premiered at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. It will had a 3 week extended run at La MaMa in December 2022. 

DOWN TO YOU: John Kelly sings Joni Mitchell (called one of The Best Opera and Vocal Performances of 2017 by The New York Times) was recently performed to sold-out houses at Joe’s Pub.

SIDEWAYS INTO THE SHADOWS Kelly’s solo exhibition was recently shown at Howl! Happening,  Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, and AMP: Art Market Provincetown, MA – View the catalogue

TIME NO LINE Kelly’s new autobiographical performance work recently completed a highly successful 3 week run at La MaMa.

John’s Debut Album – BEAUTY KILLS ME  has been released – You can purchase it HERE.

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