Instigated by Keith Hennessy in 2001, Circo Zero makes live performance sparked by current and historic social realities.
The work is interdisciplinary and experimental, operating within the tensions between intimacy and spectacle, rhetoric and ritual, personal and social. Rooted in contemporary dance and performance we also engage circus, theatre, music, visual and conceptual art. Under the influence of queer ideas, aesthetics and histories, Circo Zero evolves performance language and builds community through collaboration, crossing lines of artistic discipline, personal and cultural identity, and social expectations. Circo Zero participates in local and global struggles for justice, functioning as a collective space and public laboratory.
ZERO is funded by SF Grants for the Arts / Hotel Tax Fund. We have received commissions from NEFA's National Dance Project, Radar, Les Subsistances (Lyon)
& Les Laboratoires (Paris), FUSED (France-US Exchange
in Eance), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kampnagel (Hamburg) as well as financial support from several funds including the Zellerbach Family Foundation,
San Francisco Arts Commission, CA$H, California Arts Council (RIP), and The
San Francisco Foundation.
ZERO is a fiscally-sponsored project of CounterPULSE.