Throughout the years, three characteristics have remained constant in
Kelly's work - her attention to topical and humanistic issues, the way
she both cultivates and harmonizes the individuality and diversity of
her dancers, and how she maintains focus on the purity of the dance and
dancer first, rather than ornamentation of costume or settings. With an extensive
repertory of modern and ballet works, Kelly is described as "at
ease in classical as well as contemporary styles, " and one "who choreographs with boldness and imagination...high emotion
through pure movement" by The New York Times.
miniature ballet company - never less than highly charged!" acclaims
BACKSTAGE, about this contemporary ensemble based in SoHo in New York
City and the Adirondack Mountains. The
ensemble has performed in major New York City theaters and toured and
taught throughout the US and Europe. Rebecca Kelly Ballet features contemporary classical dancers and ballets
performed on and off pointe.
Rebecca Kelly creates abstract and narrative ballets which fuse classical dance with modern forms resulting in an arresting lyrical earthy quality. Themes range from topical issues about the environment and astute social commentary, to poetical works involving the sheer energy and beauty of the highly skilled dancer and the complex use of the body. Classical line and touching performance, coupled with intense musicality
and energy distinguish each of Kelly's works.
has appeared on television on the CBS Early Show and USIA ArtsAmerica, and PBS Mountain Lakes TV. Kelly has been interviewed
on "All Things Considered" for National Public Radio, on North
Country Public Radio, and American Today, a program of the USIA. RKB has
been profiled in Pointe Magazine, American Arts, Continental and Working
Free Lance Choreographer, and Artistic Director
in Princeton, NJ, the daughter of a career diplomat, Rebecca Kelly was
raised in London, Khartoum, Sudan, Brussels, and Wash, DC. Her formative
dance training was at the Washington School of Ballet. She graduated cum
laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B. A. in History of Oriental Religion.
In 1979 she
founded Rebecca Kelly Dance, with her husband and modern dance
partner Craig Brashear. The following year she was selected as one of
three Young American Choreographers to represent the United States at
the Chateauvallon Festival in France. She has since created over 65 contemporary
and classical works for her own and other companies, including
Ballet Pacifica, The Carlisle Project, Boston Ballet II. She has
staged Nutcracker variations, and created repertory for the
North Country Ballet Ensemble of Plattsburgh. Kelly was commissioned to create the ballets
“L’Histoire du Soldat” and her Carmen-based," Jose's
Dream", for live performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s
in New York City.
RKB began its long association with the Adirondack region in 1986. Invited as Artists-in-Residence to the Lake Placid Center for
the Arts in upstate New York, the Company has been in residence every
summer since. RKB has pioneered
and developed extensive dance programs for rural youth in Clinton, Franklin,
Essex and St. Lawrence counties. Its ONSTAGE performance camp is well-known
throughout the tri-county region, and attracts students locally, as well
as from Canada, Florida, and Long Island.
Craig Brashear and Rebecca Kelly founded Kids Co-Motion, in 1992, a unique choreographic approach to orient and strengthen strong language and movement skills in the young child. The
interactive program brings new families together
in dance and music, . Flourishing in both urban and rural locations,
KCM is the creative movement program the Lamm
Institute Pre-School in Brooklyn, for children with developmental delays.
It has also been taken into the curriculum of several Pre-Schools serving SoHo, the West Village, the Upper West Side, and in Westchester.
Kelly's manual, Dancing with Delight, a teacher
and parenting guide to positive learning experiences and dance for the
young child, can be ordered through the Company. Kelly's essays and insights
on dance, audition process, rehearsing, understudying and choreography
have been published in Dance Pages, a national quarterly serving the
dance community, and in Take it to The Limit, a book about athletes and
endurance. She is the recipient of the Young Woman of Achievement Award
from the National Council of Women, and Good Housekeeping Magazine recognized
her as one of 100 Young Women of Promise on the occasion of its 100th
Anniversary. Kelly sits on the Advisory Board of Notes in Motion, a NYC-based
Photographs: "Snow" with Giorgia Bovo and Sean Scantlebury,
"Air" with Emily Adams and Raul Peinado, and RK headshot by Todd Bissonette;
RK rehearses "Carmen, Jose's Dream" by Adrian Buckmaster