Artists Space

Richard Kennedy: Both

January 18, 2017, 7pm

Both is a ballet that explores the complexity and tonality of opposites, and their sister, sameness. The performance extends through three movements that feature a triad of bodies, and investigates themes of control, loyalty, and abandonment.

Both is about deep feelings of otherness—that is, being both. Given violence, we will make poetry from violence.

Both is the first program following the removal of the partition wall at Artists Space Books & Talks.

A low-angled view of an empty gallery space with wooden flooring and white walls.
[A low-angled view of an empty gallery space with wooden flooring and white walls.]


Richard Kennedy
Elayna Lopez
Quetzal Arias

Music By

Kelsey Lu
Claudia Rankine
Sheila Chandra
Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Richard began his career appearing in the musicals Wicked, Fosse, & West Side Story. He has choreographed for SSION, Chino Amobi & DonChristian and has featured in and casted videos for NOWNESS, Nicopanda, and Hercules & Love Affair. Richard co-wrote "You Can Shine" (MR. INTL/Andy Butler), and "For Some Reason" (Nick Monaco) before releasing his debut EP Open Wound in a Pool of Sharks (Sweat Equity, 2016). He presented two operas, Black Rage & Comeuppance, at SIGNAL in 2016. In 2019 he will receive his M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Richard Kennedy: Both. Performance documentation, January 18, 2017, Artists Space. [Video documentation of performers moving in the middle of a spotlit room, with the audience seated in a rectangle around them.]