hancock & kelly

An Extraordinary Rendition

Residency March 2019 | Premiere at Chicago Cultural Center March 29-30 at 7 PM and March 31, 2019 at 2 PM

Excerpts of Performances:at Chicago Cultural Center April 5-6 from 1 - 2PM

hancock & kelly are in residence at 6018North for the month of March for the IN>TIME 19 festival. They are creating and then performing on March 23 their work-in-progress — a response to Goat Island’s first performance Soldier, Child, Tortured Man (1987). The final work will premiere at the Chicago Cultural Center as a part of goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it in March 29-30 at 7 PM and March 31, 2019 at 2 PM. Excerpts from the performance and working with the Goat Island Archive are April 5-6 from 1 - 2PM at the Chicago Cultural

Unearthing an architecture of athleticism, spectacle and domination, the original Goat Island work explores the militarization of daily living on an individual and societal level. hancock & kelly’s research-in-response investigates power structures and points of resistance in relation to gender, toxic masculinity, complicity, and what they consider the white liberal project of cultural guardianship, based on dubious positions of wealth and entitlement.

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 body of work spanning performance, choreography, video, photography, installation, and text, they have continually asked questions of where the limits of the body may be drawn, and separated from the knowledge and questions with which they are enmeshed. 

Issues of materiality, value, and embodied knowledge have been pivotal to the complex critical and aesthetic dialogues they undertake. Their practice moves fluidly between 'live' and 'object-based' work, and the resulting pieces have been a series of visceral and queer encounters, both moving and spectacular. For more information about the artists, please visit hancockandkelly.com.

This programming is a part of IN>TIME 19. For more information and a full event listing, please visit in-time-performance.org.

Press: The Arts Section discusses the Goat Island Archive at the Cultural Center (with images of hancock & kelly’s rehearsal).

6018North is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of culture and the arts in Chicago. 6018North projects are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Illinois Arts Council Youth Employment Grant, CityArts Grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, an Artistic Vitality Grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Field Foundation of Illinois, MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Driehaus Foundation, and individual donations.