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International Artist Residency 2019

InDialogue 2019 resident artists – hancock & kelly 

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hancock & kelly An Extraordinary Rendition (2019). Photo credit: School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The residency

InDialogue residencies began in 2014, with Rajni Shah and Karen Christopher, 2016 saw Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan in residence at Dance4 studios. This year we have been successful in gaining Arts Council funding to bring hancock & kelly to extend their work with Goat Island Archives in Chicago, for the UK premiere in Nottingham of their performance, An Extraordinary Rendition at Nottingham Contemporary on the final evening of the symposium.  This work developed during a residency responding to the Goat Island archives will be discussed during a panel, Unresting and re-verbing with Mark Jeffery , Nicholas Lowe  and Jennie Klein (Professor of Art History, Ohio University) artists, curators and academics from the USA on day 1 of the symposium. In addition to these events, we have been working closely with Dance4, In Good Company and Derby Theatre to create opportunities for regional practitioners to enter into a dialogue with hancock & kelly pre and post symposium in Derby and Nottingham (details can be found at bottom of this page).

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hancock & kelly An Extraordinary Rendition (2019). Photo credit: School of the Art Institute of Chicago


hancock & kelly

hancock & kelly will be in residence at Dance4 from 11-18th November 2019 they will be further developing their latest work An Extraordinary Rendition for a performance at Nottingham Contemporary as part of the 4th InDialogue symposium and event 19-21st November.

Originally commissioned by the City of Chicago as part of the project Goat Island Archive – …we have discovered the performance by making it… , hancock & kelly’s new work is envisioned as a response to Soldier, Child, Tortured Man, the first work, made in 1987, by the highly influential experimental dance/performance company, Goat Island.

hancock & kelly’s response takes on the original work’s themes of masculinity, militarization, athleticism and spectacle, and draws a line through power, complicity, and the violence of whiteness. Drawing on a string of references from fraternity hazing rituals, and abstracted cheerleader routines, to the archetypal white liberal fantasies of JFK and Jackie Kennedy, they inhabit and explicate an architecture of systemic violence.

The residency marks a further step in the legacy of Dance4’s long standing relationship with both hancock & kelly and Goat Island, who’s work they presented to audiences in Nottingham and across the UK throughout their 20 year history.

This work will be the subject of a panel Unresting and re-verbing on the first day of the symposium at Derby Theatre on Tuesday 19th November

Where hancock & kelly (Dr Traci Kelly and Richard Hancock) will be joined by Jennie Professor of Art History, (University of  Ohio), Nicholas Lowe & Mark Jeffery (School of Art Institute of Chicago).

This panel will contextualise hancock & kelly’s performance in relation to debates concerning the tensions exists between performance and its residues. It will do this through a dialogue between the panellists, who join us from the USA and a discussion about goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it.

An ongoing dialogue …

The residency continues our dialogue with Traci Kelly , who first presented her collaborative artistic research at the first InDialogue symposium in 2012. 

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Bio:  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, interdisciplinary body of work, they have continually asked questions of where the limits of the body may be drawn and separated. Issues of materiality, value, and embodied knowledge have been pivotal to the complex critical and aesthetic dialogues they undertake. The resulting pieces have been a series of visceral and queer encounters.

hancock & kelly have performed and exhibited at venues and events such as the Chicago Cultural Center, USA (2019); the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, RUS (2015); the National Review of Live Art, UK (2005, 2007, 2009); Performance Space, AUS (2007); and the Museu de Évora, PRT (2009).

Further details can be found at:


Originally from the East Midlands Traci Kelly now lives in Germany, she has a number of long term collaborators (based in Norway and the UK) in the who she has worked with between 5-20 years. These events organising with our partners In Good Company and Dance4 provide regional practitioners to gain an insight into their working methods and how hancock & Kelly have created a successful international profile.

In Good Company workshop

Saturday 123rd November pm 

This workshop will focus on the practice of hancock & kelly and how they have presented a body of work within an International context. The artists will share  how their practice has evolved and existed within liminal and temporary spaces as well as mainstream venues.

Visit: Islands and Continents with Hancock and Kelly

Dance4 Sunday Supplement

Sunday 24th November   11.00 -13.00

Following their InDialogue residency at Dance4, hancock & kelly will be in conversation with InDialogue founders and curators Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones. They will discuss the inception of their performance An Extraordinary Rendition in Chicago, how they worked with the Goat Island Archives, their dialogic process, the development of their performance for Nottingham Contemporary, and reflect upon their experience of working with InDialogue.

Visit: Sunday Supplement: hancock & Kelly In Dialogue

Unresting and re-verbing panel

Derby Theatre  – Tuesday 19th November

hancock & kelly (Dr Traci Kelly and Richard Hancock), Mark Jeffery * (Associate Professor, Performance, SAIC), is the curator of In>Time and a former member of Goat Island; Nicholas Lowe* (Associate Professor, Historic Preservation, SAIC) is the Curator of the Goat Island Archival and the exhibition, goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it; Jennie Klein (Professor of Art History, Ohio University) will moderate the panel.

Unresting and re-verbing are understood by the panellists as processes of articulating response – a dialogical mechanism where detail that is gleaned from archival material is taken as a prompt, from which to produce new live performance work.

This panel, scheduled on the on the first day of the symposium, will contextualise hancock & kelly’s performance in relation to debates concerning the tensions exists between performance and its residues. Drawing upon the recent exhibition goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it, residency, performance works and season as part of the In>Time, Chicago Triennial performance festival and a the Chicago Cultural Centre the panellist will reflect and respond to their dialogical ways of making work.

*Jeffery and Lowe grew up in the East Midlands and have forged successful International careers.

For further information on the panel and bios of the panelists please click on embedded links or use the tabs in the menu bar for panels & presenters.

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