Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly’s collaborative work straddles contemporary dance, experimental theater, and visual art performance practices to create live events, site-based projects, videos, theatrical works, and musical collaborations. Gerard and Kelly have worked in galleries, museums, theaters, shopping malls, glue factories, can factories, cement factories, and artist squats, collaborating with dancers, actors, architects, filmmakers, and international ensembles. Their work has been shown in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Prelude 08 Festival, EFA Gallery, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as at the Maastricht Toneelstad Festival (Netherlands), La Générale and il faut brûler pour briller (Paris), Renaissance Society (Chicago), Studio 303 (Montréal), Greenwich Music Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow. They have been selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.
Moving Theater is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by Gerard and Kelly to fill a crucial niche in the cultural landscape of New York. Moving Theater supports deliberately discipline-defying, frontier-crossing projects through residencies and co-productions, creating sustainable environments for artistic growth and expanding public access to the creative process. Over the course of its residency at Park Avenue Armory, Moving Theater has invited artists working in all forms of contemporary performance to share the studio for rehearsals, workshops, open studios, and performances.
Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, Drill Hall improvisation, 2008. Rehearsal at Park Avenue Armory, August 2008. Pictured: Zack Winokur. Photo: Michael Hart.
Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, Last Dance, 2009. Park Avenue Armory, New York, January 2009.
Pictured: Marion Ramirez. Photo: Michael Hart.