How Artist and Curatorial Coordinator Jordan King Is Observing Pride

From a talk with Raja Feather Kelly to taking in a 2-Spirit Cabaret, here's how multi-hyphenate Jordan King will be spending Pride month.

6/14/2021 10:00:00 PM

From a talk with Raja Feather Kelly to taking in a 2-Spirit cabaret, here's how multi-hyphenate Jordan King will be spending Pride month.

From a talk with Raja Feather Kelly to taking in a 2-Spirit Cabaret, here's how multi-hyphenate Jordan King will be spending Pride month.

cultural centre, Jordan King has a professional obligation to be in the know. But her innate curiosity and personal quest to pursue what lies beyond the mainstream is what makes King so good at these many jobs.“I find that because there’s so much uniformity in the culture that we’re exposed to between Netflix and Instagram [for example], it feels like everyone’s watching the same stuff and having the same conversations,” she notes. “I’m trying to seek out what’s less typical.”

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In addition to the intriguing subjects showcased in Never Apart’s magazine and podcast — for which King’s spoken with the likes of model and makeup artist Corey Grant Tippin about his days in Warhol’s Factory and at Studio 54 — this notion extends to other programming the non-profit organization has planned this month. It’s not Pride-specific, King says, but is still a way of celebrating. On June 17, she’ll be talking with Raja Feather Kelly — the New York-based choreographer, writer and dance company director — about his latest production, “Hysteria.”

 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jordan King (@jordankingarchive)“Hysteria is a hybrid installation and online performance,” King says, noting that it was “created in response to the pandemic, but is also location-specific.” The traveling, hyper-pink world constructed for the show continues Kelly’s legacy of creating works that speak to issues around race and sexuality.

“Raja is a Black queer man in America with a lot to say,” King adds. In addition to their one-on-one dialogue, a Q&A portion will be opened up for those wanting to learn more about “Hysteria” and Kelly’s other career highlights including the founding of the multi-hyphenate company,

The Feath3r Theory.Right after this Zoom event takes place, King says she’ll (virtually) bop over to the hour-long “television special” created in support of musician and ballroom house motherElle Barbara’supcoming album launch. “She’s a rising star,” King enthuses.

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