Sara (the smuggler) premieres in less than a month at CounterPulse in San Francisco. A once-in-a-lifetime performance by Sara Shelton Mann conceived & choreographed by Keith Hennessy in collaboration with musician Norman Rutherford.
Sara (the smuggler) is inspired by Growing Up in Public, a solo dance performance by Lucas Hoving, choreographed by Remy Charlip in 1984, to explore artistic lineage, friendship, and dance history.
Lucas, an original member of the Jose Limon company, was Keith’s teacher in the early 80s. Remy, an original member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, was a beloved friend and uncle to the dancers of Contraband. Keith & Norman were roommates first, then artistic collaborators and then core members of Mann’s Contraband in the 80s-90s. Norman has worked with Sara continuously since the late 80s. Jose Maria Francos says that Bay Area dance can be marked as before and after Sara Shelton Mann. How to tell a story and make history? How to reveal the mostly invisible desires, pains, struggles, healings, and immaterial magic that bind these friendships and give life to dancing?
Sara (the smuggler) is made possible with support by The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Circo Zero is supported by CounterPulse’s Houst Artist Program.
Photo Credits: Top Image by Robbie Sweeny, Edited by Alec White; Bottom Image by Mark McBeth