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Keith Hennessy (US/CA)

Keith Hennessy dances in and around performance. Born in Sudbury Canada, he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. His performances engage improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and protest as tools for investigating political realities. Practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, post/Modern dance, activist art, the Bay Area, wicca, punk, contact improvisation, indigeneity, and queer-feminist performance motivate and mobilise Hennessy’s work. Keith’s 2016-17 collaborators include Peaches, Meg Stuart, Scott Wells, Jassem Hindi, J Jha, Annie Danger, Gerald Casel, and the collaboratives Blank Map and Turbulence. 2017 awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Sui Generis award. Keith's writings have been published in Contact Quarterly, Movement Research Journal, Performance Research (UK), Society of Dance History Scholars Journal, and Dance Theatre Journal (UK). Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann. Hennessy is a co-founder of CounterPULSE (formerly 848 Community Space) a thriving performance space in San Francisco. He earned an MFA and PhD from UC Davis.

Last update: 24.04.2018

Research Projects
2015: Field Projects Get B(l)ack
2014: Field Projects Unsettling Modernism / Performing Improvisation
2012: CoachingProject Implications, Sonic and otherwise
2011: CoachingProject Turbulence (a dance about the economy)
2008: CoachingProject Coaching Project: Choreo-Graphy: Poetics Of The Political Body
2019: Shamanic Improvisation Potential, The Spiral of Fortune (7 of Birds)
2018: Political Witchcraft For The Current Era, Provocation x Care, Shamanic Improvisation Potential
2017: Performing Queer, Shamanic Improvisation Potential, Social Dancing (aka Negotiation)
2016: Critical Joy (the museum party) [NOTE: only Mon-Wed!], Shamanic Improvisation Potential
2015: Shamanic Improvisation Potential
2014: Queer Shamanic Potential
2013: Performing Queer, Potential Shamanic Action
2012: Performing Queer, Potential Shamanic Action
2011: Post-Contact Improvisation, Potential Shamanism
2010: Post/Contact, Potential Shamanic Action
2009: Queer, Shamanic Improvised Presence
2008: Contact Improvisation - Being Ready, Shamanic Improvised Presence
2007: Contact Improvisation, Shamanic Improvised Presence, The Improvising Citizen


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