Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer and activist. Born in Sudbury Canada, he lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Ideas and practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, punk, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilize Hennessy’s creative and activist projects. Hennessy directs Circo Zero, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann, CORE, and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard. Awards, commissions, residencies? Yes, several. Rejections, unemployment, failures? Yes, plenty.
Current projects include Turbulence (a dance about the economy); Bear/Skin a solo folk dance; Sara (the smuggler) with Sara Shelton Mann; future friend/ships a duet with Jassem Hindi; Touchy Subjects with Scott Wells; Critical Joy with Peaches!; and Blank Map created and performed by an all Black collective. Recent venues include mumok and ImpulsTanz (Vienna), Ponderosa (Germany), TBA Festival (Portland), HAU & HZT (Berlin), Black Box & CODA Festival (Oslo), American Realness (NY), Velocity (Seattle), Theater der Welt (Mannheim), Velocity Festival (Varna Bulgaria), AEx-Corps (Dakar), Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam), Omni Commons (Oakland). Hennessy has an MFA in Choreography and an unfinished PhD (ABD) in Performance Studies from UC Davis.