hancock & kelly have been invited by curators Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones to be InDialogue 2019 resident artists. During this intensive residency at Dance4, they will be further developing their latest work An Extraordinary Rendition for a performance at Nottingham Contemporary as part of the 4th InDialogue symposium and event 19-21st November.
Originally commissioned by the City of Chicago as part of the project Goat Island Archive – …we have discovered the performance by making it… , hancock & kelly’s new work is envisioned as a response to Soldier, Child, Tortured Man, the first work, made in 1987, by the highly influential experimental dance/performance company, Goat Island.
hancock & kelly’s response takes on the original work’s themes of masculinity, militarization, athleticism and spectacle, and draws a line through power, complicity, and the violence of whiteness. Drawing on a string of references from fraternity hazing rituals, and abstracted cheerleader routines, to the archetypal white liberal fantasies of JFK and Jackie Kennedy, they inhabit and explicate an architecture of systemic violence.
The residency marks a further step in the legacy of Dance4’s long standing relationship with both hancock & kelly and Goat Island, who’s work they presented to audiences in Nottingham and across the UK throughout their 20 year history.
hancock & kelly is the collaborative project of artists Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly. Since 2001, they have collaborated on a series of works questioning and provoking the gaps between subjects. Through an internationally acclaimed, interdisciplinary body of work, they have continually asked questions of where the limits of the body may be drawn and separated. Issues of materiality, value, and embodied knowledge have been pivotal to the complex critical and aesthetic dialogues they undertake. The resulting pieces have been a series of visceral and queer encounters.
hancock & kelly have performed and exhibited at venues and events such as the Chicago Cultural Center, USA (2019); the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, RUS (2015); the National Review of Live Art, UK (2005, 2007, 2009); Performance Space, AUS (2007); and the Museu de Évora, PRT (2009).
Further details can be found at: https://www.hancockandkelly.com/an-extraordinary-rendition
InDialogue is an artistic research project founded by Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones in 2011. hancock & kelly are the 3rd InDialogue resident artists to be invited to develop existing work for the event which takes place in 3 cities across the East Midlands from 19th – 21st November 2019. Further details can be found at: https://indialogue2014.wordpress.com/2019-2/