Category Archives: John Kelly

The Escape Artist – John Kelly – Performance

John Kelly

"THE ESCAPE ARTIST" at the DIXON PLACE - HOT! FESTIVAL, ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY! Sunday, July 26th, at 9pm - 161 Chrystie Street (between Delancey and Rivington)

New music by John Kelly and Carol Lipnik performed as a work-in-progress with interactive video footage inspired by the Baroque paintings of Caravaggio, shot in Rome, Venice, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, tracing an artist’s journey through time. The Escape Artist considers the parallels between the unbridled creative spirit of the urban artist of the 17th and 21st centuries.

John Kelly is a two time Bessie and Obie award winning performance and visual artist whose work began in New York’s East Village clubs in the early 1980’s; since that time he has created over 30 performance works which have been performed at many performance and alternative venues. Originally trained as a dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, he performed with modern dance pioneers. His ongoing relationship to the mirror has bridged both the dance studios, as well as a consistent practice of self-portraiture.

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John Kelly Transmogrified – Paved Paradise REDUX @ Abrons Art Center

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John Kelly as Joni Mitchell @ Paved Paradise REDUX © Frank H. Jump

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John Kelly Defrocked © Frank H. Jump

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Zecca Esquibel as Georgia O'Keeffe © Frank H. Jump

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Paul Ossola as Vincent van Gogh © Frank H. Jump

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John Kelly @ the afterparty © Frank H. Jump

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Murray Hill in the lobby during intermission. © Frank H. Jump

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With only six more performances, this is a show you must not miss. John Kelly is an art/performance genius.

“Transformation through spiritual osmosis … magnificent.” — The New York Times

In Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell, John Kelly’s vocal and dramatic skills make for an interpretation that is at once haunting and hilarious, and will gratify even the most hardened “Joni-phile.” The arrangements (performed in the original key) combined with Kelly’s spot-on vocal acrobatics provide an experience that is both original and uncanny. – ABRON ARTS CENTER

JOHN KELLY – Paved Paradise – REDUX


John Kelly & Frank Jump – April 2003

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John Kelly & Frank Jump © Frank H. Jump

John Kelly is Dargelos

John Kelly is Dargelos

Fading Ad Blog is Officially One Year Old!

Birthday Cake

Time flies when your fading. And blah blah blogging. Fading Ad Campaign Website just turned nine years old. The project’s inception was February 1997. Thank you for coming along for the ride and your collaborations!

Uncivil Wars @ Kitchen

John Kelly In David Gordon piece @ Kitchen

Featuring John Kelly

From Out on the Edge to the Center of Joni Mitchell’s World – Boston Globe on John Kelly

Kelly Channels Mitchell

‘Paved Paradise’ delivers an affectionate tribute to the spirit of Joni Mitchell – The Boston Globe

John Kelly Channels Joni in Provincetown – Boston Globe

John Kelly Channels Joni