Keith Hennessy

Performer, Choreographer, Teacher, Organizer

Keith Hennessy is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. He lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, public actions and alchemy/shamanism as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO, a contemporary circus, in intimate spectacles for stage and street. He was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (85-94), CORE (95-98), and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (98-02). His work is featured in several books and documentaries, including How To Make Dances in an Epidemic (David Gere, Univ of Wisconsin: 2004), Gay Ideas (Richard Mohr, Beacon: 1992), and Dancers in Exile (RAPT Productions, 2000). Hennessy is a co-founder of 848 Community Space/CounterPULSE a thriving performance and culture space in San Francisco. Recent awards include Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005) and SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay for Circo Zero. Recent commissions include Les Subsistances, Lyon (Homeless USA, 2005), Les Laboratoires, Paris (American Tweaker, 2006), FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), Centre Chorégraphique National, Belfort (Sol niger, 2007), and Lower Left Performance Co, San Diego (Gather, 2005). Keith's 2005-07 teaching includes JFK University, UC Davis, University of San Francisco, improvisation festivals in Budapest, Seattle, Stolzenhagen (Germany), Moab, the Aerial Dance Festival (Boulder), plus grass-roots workshops in Arcata, Chicago, Toronto, Victoria BC, Madison, and Earthdance (Northampton MA).

Keith Hennessy joins director/writer Ellen Sebastian Chang, writer Thaisa Frank and choreographer Joanna Haigood for a panel discussion on sustaining a life as an artist at CIIS on March 13