John Kelly: Time No Line

John Kelly: Time No Line

“John Kelly is a downtown–New York legend, an unclassifiable performer who has embodied figures...a Renaissance man like Jean Cocteau.” Village Voice

“A queer Renaissance rebel who’s spent more than 40 years dazzling audiences as a dancer, visual artist, singer, composer, raconteur, theater-maker and drag icon.”
TIME OUT, New York

John Kelly once referred to himself as an “aesthetic octopus”–he cannot be easily categorized, and critics have wildly praised him as a choreographer, theater artist, writer, vocalist, filmmaker, dancer, visual artist and more (winning 2 Obies, 2 Bessies, The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts and an NEA “American Masterpiece Award”.)

He’s also been called a “warrior” and a “survivor,” who served as a leading light in New York’s downtown arts community during the height of the AIDS crisis. He beautifully reflects on his decades of creativity with elegance and rare emotional depth in his “live memoir” Time No Line, a solo performance work based on 42 years of journal writing. Combining historic texts with movement, video, music and song, and live drawing, he theatrically renders his experiences within the East Village performance art scene of the 1980s, gender performance, the AIDS epidemic, and our shared cultural history (he playfully blames his performance career on the experience of seeing gay theater collective The Cockettes in the 1970s).

As a survivor in New York’s evolving cultural landscape, Kelly uses his personal experiences to add his voice to our interrupted cultural and generational dialogue, as our shared history is threatened by cultural amnesia. 


Thursday, April 25
Post-performance talk with David Román and John Kelly

David Román is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Southern California where he teaches courses on American literature and culture; contemporary theatre and performance; and the early history of AIDS. He is the author of the award-winning books Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, & AIDS and O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance, and has written several other books on literary, visual, and performing arts.  

John Kelly is the 2001 Dance recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.

Associated Images: 

THU 4/25
8:30 pm
FRI 4/26
8:30 pm
SAT 4/27
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff