Instigated by Keith Hennessy in 2001, Zero Performance and Circo Zero make 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, Zero Performance evolves performance language and builds community through collaboration, crossing lines of artistic discipline, personal and cultural identity, and social expectations. Zero Performance participates in local and global struggles for justice, functioning as a collective space and public laboratory.
ZERO has received commissions from Les Subsistances (Lyon)
& Les Laboratoires (Paris), FUSED (France-US Exchange
in Eance), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as funds from the Zellerbach Family Fund,
San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council (RIP),
Grants for the Arts, and The
San Francisco Foundation.
ZERO is a fiscally-sponsored project of CounterPULSE.