Kendall Kelly told many stories this weekend at Fluxx Fest, the gathering presented by Fluxx Productions at the Riverpark Inn. His one-person multimedia and live presentation had the audience spellbound while he revealed dramatic incidents from his life, most of the time wearing little, if nothing. Which explains the title of the show, “Clothes Get in the Way.”
He says his goal is “to explore sexuality, body image, gender, body history and spirituality,” in his work. He managed to touch on all of those hot topics with amazing humor, grace and stamina during his one-and-a-half hour show.
After the show I had a chance to talk with him. I asked where he lived and he said he didn’t know yet. He’s on the road, headed back to San Francisco with the show and wasn’t sure where he would land. He did mention Tucson as a possibility which makes me hopeful that another talented performance artist will be joining our ranks.
Kendall was one of dozens of local and national performers and educators at this three-day event. My only disappointment was that Fluxx Fest wasn’t very well attended. The intended audience was “the queer and queer-allied communities” with a focus on education, music, art and play. The staff and volunteers did an amazing job of lining up talent and securing a comfortable space. I hope that they are proud of the caliber of event that they produced and will be motivated to hold the “second annual” next year.