ABOUT LADY LONGDROP>
Kendra Keller (aka Lady Longdrop) is a multidisciplinary artist, finding expression for her poetic vision on the page, the stage, in forests and on hillsides, throughout so-called Australia and Asia. While best known as a poet and spoken word diva, embodied performance, drawing on training in contemporary Asian and European dance and performance forms, is a growing part of Longdrop’s flow. Delicately weaving personal, political and mystical themes, she dodges defences and gets hearts by the gonads. Lady Longdrop’s work ‘Quan Yin in a Bird Cage’ was featured at the 2017 Melaka Art and Performance festival in Malaka, Malaysia, and her work ‘Cradle’, seeded in Tasmainia’s Tarkine wilderness area, with the support of the Bob Brown Foundation, toured festivals and events around Australia in 2017. Her current work in development ‘Sweet Enough?’ is an immersive tea-party experience that explores identity, place, race and environmental politics, with a bit of sugar in the mix. This work has been developed through a ‘fringe of fringe’ intensive creative development in 2018 followed by presentations at Woodford Folk Festival 2018/19 and MAP Moreland Festival in Melbourne, 2019.
Spoken word feature, Anactoria launch, Open Studio Melbourne, 2019.
Spoken word feature, Poetryspective, Melbourne, 2019.
Creator and performer, ’Refined’, MAP Moreland Festival: House-Body, Colaboration with Anactoria, Siteworks, Melbourne, 2019.
Creator and performer, ’Sweet Enough?’, Woodford Folk Festival, 2018/19.
Creator and performer, ’Sweet Enough?', Fringe of Fringe immersive tea party series, Melbourne, 2018.
Performer, Generative Unearthing, Improvised collaborative physical performance, Melbourne, 2018.
Spoken word feature, A Night of Spoken Word at Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, 2018.
Creator and performer, ’Already sweet enough?’, performance for photography, Proserpine, Queensland, 2018.
Creator and performer, ‘Effigy’, dance/physical performance, Avatar’s Abode Sixtieth Anniversary, Woombye, Queensland, 2018.
Spoken word feature, Blame Smarty, Melbourne, 2018.
Creator and performer, ‘Hold’, dance/physical performance, MAP Rainbow performance art festival, Rainbow, Victoria, 2018.
Performer, ‘Last Breath’, ButohOUT! Festival, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 2018.
Spoken word and movement feature performance, Spoken And Sung Images of Tarkayna, Hobart, 2018.
Creator and performer, ‘Quan Yin in a Bird Cage’, dance/physical performance, Malaka Art and Performance Festival, Melaka, Malaysia, 2017.
Creator and Performer, ‘Cradle’, installation and performance work, HillsceneLIVE festival, Belgrave, VIC, 2017.
Spoken word and physical performance feature, La Mama Poetica, Melbourne, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Home’, live art performance on Swanston St, Melbourne, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Cradle: Anamnesis’, site-responsive movement and vocal performance and installation, collaboration with visual artist Meaghan Shelton, Doofward Festival, Sunshine Coast, 2017.
Co-Creator and performer, ‘Off The Side of The Road’, improvised performance, A Place To Land, Melbourne, 2017.
Co-Creator and performer, ‘Green-Tara’s Chamber’, installation and performance work, collaboration with Katie Pye, Poetic Visions, Wyndham, NSW, 2017.
Spoken word feature, Poetry night at the Robbie Burns, Wyndham, NSW, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Flowers’, vocal and physical performance, Poetry At The Dan O’Connell, Melbourne, 2017.
Spoken word feature, Slamalamadingdong Slamathon, Melbourne, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Narcissus’, vocal and physical performance, Small and Loud scratch night for theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Cradle’, site-responsive movement based performance, The Clay Pan, Alice Springs.
Creator and performer, ‘Narcissus’, vocal and physical performance, Alice Springs, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Narcissus’, vocal and physical performance, La Femme, Un Changement, Melbourne, 2017.
Creator and performer, ‘Cradle’, site-responsive movement based performance, Tarkine In Motion, Tarkine Wilderness, Tasmania, 2017.
Performer and co-creator, ‘The Oillies’, physical street theatre performance, Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne, 2017.
Creator, producer and performer, ‘Maroochy’s First Dream’, short film project, Sunshine Coast, 2016.
Performer, ‘For The Time Being’, physical performance, Melbourne47 Festival, Melbourne, 2016.
Spoken word feature performance, collaboration with musician Barbod Valadi, Daribin Music Festival, Melbourne, 2016.
Spoken word and physical performance, More Art Festival, Melbourne, 2016.
Spoken word feature, Common Ground Festival, Symore, VIC, 2016.
Creator and performer, ‘Trans(art)erial’, experimental performance, Townsville Cultural Festival, Townsville, QLD, 2016.
Spoken word feature, collaboration with dance artists Elischa Swan, Mother Tounge, Melbourne, 2016.
Spoken word feature, collaboration with musician Oliver Dear, Slamalamadingdong, Melbourne, 2016.
Spoken word feature, White Night, Melbourne, 2016.
Spoken word performance, Woodford Folk Festival (VIP event), Woodford, QLD, 2016.
Spoken word feature, collaboration with musician Oliver Dear, Poetry at the Dan O’Connell, Melbourne, 2015.
Spoken word feature, collaboration with movement artists Kristian Santic, Wonderland Theatre Festival, Brisbane, 2015.
Spoken word feature, End of the Line Festival, Belgrave, VIC, 2015.
Performer and co-creator, Long Drop of Mascolicious Goodness, collaboration with Masco Sound System, Blackwood Festival, VIC, 2015,
Spoken word performance, 5Miniutes, with movement artists Kristian Santic, Village Festival, Melbourne, 2015.
Spoken word feature, Rapid Fire, Melbourne, 2015.
Spoken word feature and Hey Moon! Book Launch, Voices in the Attic, Melbourne, 2015.
Performer, Miracles in Hell, poetry cabaret, Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD, 2010.
Poem A Weaving Lesson, published by CASSE, May 2017. Available online.
Début collection of poems, Hey Moon!, launched in June 2015 - now on its fourth print run and was Melbourne Spoken Word’s bestseller in 2015. Available from:
Commissioned Poet for work in development 'Stolen Identity' by Shirin Majd.
Lady Longdrop was commissioned by Anti Racism Action Band, to write Golden as part of the City Speaks project, 2015 and was recently commissioned to write A Weaving Lesson as poetic response to The Day After Tomorrow – a CASSE symposium on breakthrough recognition, 2017.
The Story of a Boy Named Toupe was a performance text, commissioned and co-written with elders of the Australian South Sea Island Community for their 150th Anniversary Commemorations in Brisbane, 2013.
Research Projects include: Green The Colour of Heaven, which explored environmental themes in traditional Persian-Islamic painting, music and poetry. This project received Arts Queensland funding for research and development and was featured at Floating Land, an international green art event, held on the Sunshine Coast in 2013.
Recent Training and Professional Development
Butoh intensive and ongoing classes with Yumi Umiumare, Melbourne, 2018.
Javanese dance masterclass with Master Agung Gunawan, Melbourne 2018.
The Musical Body vocal training with Charlotte Roberts, Melbourne, 2018 (also 2015).
ButohOUT! 2018 six week artist laboratory and intensive development with Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap, Abbortsford Convent, Melbourne, 2018.
Ongoing performance training classes with Tony Yap, Melbourne, 2017-2018.
Bouffons and the Ecstasy of Mocking, Bouffon performance training intensive with Giovanni Fusetti, Melbourne, 2017.
The Great Square, dance performance residential with Tony Yap and Master Agung Gunawan, Melaka, Malaysia, 2017.
Considering Practice, Professional Development weekend workshop with Leisa Shelton, Belgrave, 2017.
Alice Springs Writer’s Festival, 2017.
Action Theatre training with Danielle Crisp, Melbourne, 2017.
The Day After Tomorrow: A CASSE symposium on breakthrough recognition, Melbourne, 2017.
Residential Butoh intensive with Yomiko Yoshioka, Stuart Mill, VIC, 2017.
Butoh classes with Helen Smith, Melbourne, 2016/17.
Playmoves intensive with Anna Yen, Brisbane, 2016.
Residential Butoh intensive with Yumi Umiumare, Horsham, 2016.
Kendra is also an aunty of five charming children and an Arts Management professional, who has worked with arts organisations in Brisbane and Melbourne on strategic development and marketing. Kendra has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and Australian History and Cultural Studies (Deans Commendation, USC, 2009), and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries: Creative Production and Arts Management (QUT, 2011). She has tutored in Australian History and Arts Management at USC and QUT respectively. She has been on the Management Committee of Melbourne Spoken Word since 2016.