Dearest fans and friends

Believe it or not, I’m trying to slow down to focus on school. I'm at UC Davis working towards an MFA, and I’m teaching too... Nonetheless I keep doing small gigs and teaching and am scheming some larger projects too.l

Exciting news for aerialists: French rope artist (web, corde lisse) Fanny Soriano will be teaching adv. beginner and intermediate classes at Cellspace, Jan 7 & 8. To register, contact me, keith@circozero.org

I have no plans for big shows in SF, partly because of school and also because I’ve been turned down by every grant I wrote this year, despite spending over $5000 on grantwriters!

The good news is that I’ve received several offers to make work in France, where Circo Zero and I will spend most of summer 2006.

In March 2006, I will be making a new piece with Seth Eisen & Jules Beckman at Les Laboratoires, an artist lab in a Paris suburb. The work, American Tweaker, is part of a full-evening project called How To Die, which deals with suicidal tendencies (social and personal) in US culture. The first half of the project, SDF (Homeless) USA, was made in 2005 with Jules Beckman at Les Subsistances, an amazing artist space in an ancient nunnery in Lyon, France.

thanks, Keith Hennessy


Keith Hennessy & Circo Zero
PERFORMANCES & TEACHING


WINTER 2006

Performance Workshop... performance, politics, cultivating expression, cutting the excess
Arcata, CA
February 18-19, 2006
Info: Leslie, muppet33@tidepool.com, 707-616-3104
Tanya, miamortanya@hotmail.com, 707-407-7566

 

FALL 2005

CRASHING AMERICA
A novel by Katia Noyes
Keith MC’s & performs for a gala book opening also featuring the queerly amazing Michelle Tea, Mattilda & Daphne Gottlieb.
Friday, Sep 30
7-9pm
Varnish, 77 Natoma (betw 1st/2nd & Howard/Mission)
www.crashingamerica.com

 

HORIZONS FOUNDATION – 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Circo Zero performs for this awesome foundation that once funded Keith to make The Dandy Cabaret.
Saturday, Oct 1
The Regency Center
www.horizonsfoundation.org

 

GREEN TO GREEN
A performance benefit for Greening of New Orleans
Keith performs (in the first hour).
Dance Mission
3316 – 24th St (@ Mission)
415.826.4441
www.dancemission.com

 

CRUCIFIXION
A new play by Terrence McNally
Directed by Ed Decker.
Associate Director: Keith Hennessy
A stellar cast tells this intimate and raw story of cross-country queer family with gay priests in love and danger.
Sep 28 Previews begin
Runs Oct 8 – Nov 6
Info: 415-861-8972
www.nctcsf.org

 

THE IMPROVISING CITIZEN
Intensive lab taught by Keith Hennessy... Training in improvisation en route to magic, change, relationship. Earthdance is a dance retreat center in the Berkshire Mountains of Western MA. I hear it’s gorgeous, plus there’s a sauna and the leaves will be turning...
Earthdance, Plainfield MA
Oct 12-16
www.earthdance.net

 

GATHER
A new dance-performance by Keith Hennessy made in collaboration with performers Margaret Paek, Alicia Marván, Sarah Leddy, and Amanda Waal.
Produced by Lower Left Performance Collective (San Diego) as part of the Satellite Project which also features new works by Nina Martin, Lionel Popkin, and The Body Cartography Project.
Nov 10-13
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA
Info: www.lowerleft.org
Tickets: 619-235-8466
www.sushiart.org

 

AERIAL CABARET
Circo Zero and CounterPULSE coproduce a one-night only aerial phantasia. New works and rep by Emily Leap, Susan Voyticky, Keith Hennessy and many more...
Friday, Dec 13
8pm
CounterPULSE
1310 Mission (@ 9th)
www.counterpulse.org
415-626-2060

 

Spring 2006
New work at UC Davis... TBA


Summer 2006 in France
Creative residencies for Circo Zero’s new project Sol Niger at Les Subsistances in Lyon and CCN in Belfort, as well as residency at Les Laboratoires in Aubervilliers (a suburb of Paris) to make duet performances with Jules Beckman (Homeless USA) and Seth Eisen (American Tweaker). If any money shows up, we will be very happy to produce these shows in the United States.

SCHEDULE ARCHIVES for Keith Hennessy

2005 Spring - Summer - Fall

APRIL 1-3 2005     LYON, FRANCE
Les Subsistances
Performances and research on the theme: representations of cruelty and violence. Participating in Collective des têtes coupées, staging works by Robert Olin Butler. I’ll be making a new work with buddy and new daddy Jules Beckman, using the story of a homeless man who commits suicide by laying his neck on the rail of an approaching train, as a poetic portrait of American despair, specifically the failed masculine America. The piece uses San Francisco’s Street Sheet (published by the Coalition on Homelessness) for information, inspiration and as primary materials.

APRIL 9-10 2005    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA
Image, Action, Performance
A workshop for dancers, performers and provocateurs. Using tools from improvisation, composition, psyche and mass media we’ll explore images both in performance and elsewhere. With a body-based approach to interdisciplinary action we’ll dance in pictures, frames, projections, and reflections.
CONTACT: Lower Left at www.lowerleft.org, Alicia Marvan at a@aliciamarvan.com, or Karen Schaffman at karenschaffman@hotmail.com

APRIL 8-10 2005    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA
East meets West Performances
Sushi presents dance/performance works by Kathleen Hermesdorf and Keith Hennessy.

APRIL 11 2005    CAL STATE SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA, USA
Keith showcases scenes from Chosen, screens a video of Ice Car Cage and chats with students about art, bodies, politics, and more.

APRIL 15-17 2005    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA
Improvising Performance / Performing Improvisation
MAY 6-8 2005 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA

JUNE 26-JULY 3 2005    MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA, USA
California Witch Camp
A mystery school for feminist pagans and curious allies, deep in the bush of Mendocino.
Keith collaborates on a team with nine articulate, embodied witches... sharing rituals and blessing, practice and play.
CONTACTt: www.reclaiming.org or www.witchcamp.org

JULY 3-11 2005    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Kontakt Budapest
CONTACT: Eszter Gal

JULY 18-23 2005    STOLZENHAGEN, GERMANY
Ponderosa summer dance & performance camp
The Improvising Citizen. Keith facilitates 5 days of improvisation and conversation exploring the symbiotic connections between studio and world, personal and political, body and community.
CONTACT: Stephanie Maher

JULY 25-29 2005    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA
Summer Dance Festival
www.dancersgroup.org
CONTACT: Dancers’ Group at dg@dancersgroup.org

AUGUST 1-13 2005    BOULDER, COLORADO, USA
Aerial Dance Festival
Poetics of Aerial Flight. Sustained Flight – Performing in Perches. Contact Improvisation
CONTACT: Frequent Flyers: frequentflyers.org

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA
Crucifixion
Keith is the movement coach for a new play commissioned for play-write Terrence McNally, directed by Ed Decker. At the New Conservatory Theater Center. An excellent cast.


OCTOBER 13-16 2005 PLAINFIELD, MASSACHUESETTES, USA
EARTHDANCE
CONTACT and more information: www.earthdance.net