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Kelley Donovan has been presenting choreography in the Boston area since 1990. She has shown work at venues including, the Zeitgeist Gallery, The Federal Reserve Bank, The Middle East, Mobius, The Dance Complex, The Actors Workshop, Green Street Studios, MIT, Mass College of Art, Bradford College and other local schools.

In September 1997 she formed Kelley Donovan & Dancers. The company performed their first full evening program, Metamorphosis, an evening of contemporary dance about healing and transformation, at Green Street Studios in Cambridge. In April of 1998 she choreographed Fragile Connections, a multimedia performance incorporating sculpture, video and original music.

Most recently she presented Green at the Dance Complex. In 1998, she produced A Midwife’s Tale a dance work to an original music score by Nick Humez about the life of midwife and healer Martha Ballard, a member of her great grandmother’s family. In 1994 while performing with Abydos Movement Collaborative, she co-produced Dances in the Space of Time with Abydos and produced an evening at the Middle East in 1995 in collaboration with Abydos and musician Roger. In June of 1995 she co-produced Seeds and Secrets, a concert of modern dance work with original music by Michael Oster. In 1994 she was an Artist in Residence with Abydos and The Artist Foundation at the State Transportation Building in Boston. During the course of the year she performed regularly for lunch-time audiences and created new work. The year-long residency culminated with the creation of Pressing for Passage, a full evening-length site-specific, collborative dance work created for the Transportation Building.

Kelley has performed with Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company, a group that performs modern dance for school age children and taught creative movement to three and four year olds in the PB&J dance school, Blackstone Community School, the Longfellow School and other community organizations. She has performed work by Boston choreographers Laura Knott, Marcus Schulkind and Amy Spencer & Richard Colton. Most Recently she performed in Franklin Park with Choreographer Ann Carlson in Any Day Now as part of the Emerald Necklace Project.

She has studied choreography with Mark Morris, Bessie Schönberg and Deborah Jowitt. In 1988 and 1989, Donovan was given the Eisenhardt Dance Award for her work as a student choreographer at Bradford College. She received a Bachelors Degree in Creative Arts focusing on dance and choreography from Bradford College in 1989.

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