is a two-part performance exposé of suicidal tendencies
in contemporary US society.
danceviewtimes Review by Rita Felciano
Homeless USA (SDF USA)
Keith Hennessy with Jules Beckman
Homeless USA is an elegy for the poor
and broken-hearted after a text by Robert Olen Butler, which
imagines the final words of a homeless man who commits suicide
by train decapitation. The performance uses the situation
of the homeless in the US (especially in the Mission neighborhood
of San Francisco where Hennessy lives) as a point of departure
for a montage of unexpected dances, songs, texts, images,
Commissioned by Les Subsistances, Lyon, 2005
Keith Hennessy with Seth Eisen and Jules Beckman
American Tweaker is a self-collapsing spectacle about crystal
meth, barebacking, and AIDS. The point of departure: the man
called ‘Super HIV’, a guy in his 40’s who
was diagnosed in 2005 with (allegedly) a new super form of
HIV, resistant to all antiviral medicines, after a period
of three months in which he daily injested crystal meth and
was fucked, without a condom, by over 100 men.
Seth Eisen plays the ghost of gay dance clubs, an angel of
ecstacy and liberation, inspired by Sylvester, the San Francisco
disco superstar who died of AIDS in 1988. Music features Marc
Kate's remix/implosion of Sylvester’s hit You Make Me
Feel (Mighty Real).
Queer literary star Kirk Read has written a poignant and sharp
text for this piece, imagining ‘Super HIV’ in
the moment of being infected/injected after a particularly
long bout of partying.
Commissioned by Les Laboratoires, Aubervilliers, 2006.How
To Die has been presented by Les Laboratoires (Paris), Les
Subsistances, Dance Mission (San Francisco).