Residency Dates TBA
Joseph Keckler’s unique brand of performance ranges from operatic vocals to comedy to short videos in which his bizarrely heroic quotidian plots become legendary and virtuosic in their recounting. As an artist in residence at The Ringling, he will work in the Historic Asolo Theater on new music, TV and video projects.
Joseph Keckler is a singer and writer whose body of work includes original songs, essays and films in which he mines daily life for hidden drama, and sometimes converts it into opera. He has been hailed as “a major vocal talent [whose] range shatters the conventional boundaries... with a trickster’s dark humor” by The New York Times, the "best downtown performance artist" in New York by The Village Voice, and "hardly human" by The Observer. Last year he premiered his cosmic travelogue Train With No Midnight, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, at Prototype Festival, and Let Me Die, an amalgamation of operatic deaths, with Opera Philadelphia/Fringe Arts, and toured the United States as the national support act for Sleater-Kinney. Centre Pompidou, The Adult Swim Festival, London’s Soho Theatre, and Lincoln Center, where he also made his off-Broadway debut in Preludes in 2015, have presented Joseph’s concerts. Joseph’s essays have appeared in publications including Literary Hub, Somesuch Stories and VICE. In 2017, Turtle Point Press published his first collection Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World. He has received awards from Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, and NYFA. He is currently working on new writing, video, music and a TV special.