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Kelsey Lu The Lucid: A Dream Portal to Awakening





Saturday, September 02, 2023


Performance with conversation

Singer-songwriter, composer, cellist, performance artist and producer Kelsey Lu invites us into their liminal dream world for our first-ever performance at the Reethaus. Appearing live with cello and voice, Lu will reinterpret the score for their installation piece “The Lucid: A Dream Portal to Awakening” in an intimate exploration of the sonic frequencies of their subconscious during sleep.

Celebrated for their integration of classical, electronic and organic sounds amidst her soaring and soulful vocals, Lu’s music is constantly evolving in response to the world around her. Lu will curate an evening-long experience in the inner room of the Reethaus, an intimate space where audience and artist are in close communion. Light food and drinks will be served over the course of the program, and the performance will be followed by a panel discussion between series curator MJ Harper and Kelsey Lu, moderated by Kandis Williams.


Kelsey Lu

Kelsey Lu is a classically trained cellist, singer-songwriter, producer, composer, poet and performance artist born in Charlotte, North Carolina, whose artistic practice flows comfortably at the intersection of visual art, performance, healing and music. In addition to their solo work, Lu collaborates with artists across various disciplines, from musicians such as Yves Tumor, Sampha, Florence + The Machine and Skrillex to multidisciplinary artists such as Kahlil Joseph, Wu Tsang and Jacolby Satterwhite.


MJ Harper

MJ Harper is a Jamaica-born, Florida-raised multimedia artist, dancer and creative director who has previously performed at NY’s MoMA and London’s V&A, along with a series of works with Stefano Pilati and Grace Wales Bonner. His first full-length solo piece, “Arias For A New World,” received its official stage debut at the Berliner Ensemble in 2022 after Harper workshopped the piece as an artist in residence at Callie’s Berlin.


Kandis Williams

Kandis Williams is an artist, writer, editor and curator acclaimed for her poetic, political work exploring race, nationalism and eroticism, among other issues. From performance to painting, her art collages together untold social histories in layered, evocative form. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of distinguished institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Julia Stoschek Collection in Berlin. She is also the founder and editor-at-large of Cassandra Press, an artist-run publishing and educational platform producing lo-fi printed matter, classrooms, projects, artist books, and exhibitions.