Keith Hennessy

Keith Hennessy’s interdisciplinary research currently focuses on Bay Area performance history, and engages improvisation, public actions and alchemy/shamanism as tools for investigating political realities.


Keith Hennessy was born in a mining town in Northern Ontario, lives in San Francisco, and works regularly in Europe. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and social movement as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs Circo Zero, a flexible container for solo and collaborative experiments in post-genre performance. Current touring works include Turbulence (a dance about the economy) commissioned by the National Dance Project which toured the US and Europe in 2012, Almost, an improvised duet with Paris/Berlin-based musician Jassem Hindi, and the Bessie-award winning solo performance Crotch (all the Joseph Beuys references in the world…).

Hennessy was a member of Sara Shelton Mann’s legendary Contraband (85-94), as well as the collaborative performance companies CORE (95-98) and the France-based Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (98-02). His work is featured in several books and documentaries, including Composing While Dancing (Melinda Buckwalter, U of Wisconsin: 2010), How To Make Dances in an Epidemic (David Gere, Univ of Wisconsin: 2004), Gay Ideas (Richard Mohr, Beacon: 1992), and Dancers in Exile (RAPT Productions, 2000).

Current Activities

Hennessy teaches and performs internationally at festivals, universities and independent studios including UCD, imPulsTanz/Vienna, AEx-Corps/Dakar, SideStep/Helsinki, Regards et Mouvements/France, Stary Bowar/Poland, Movement Research/NY, Ponderosa/Berlin, University of Dance & Circus/Stockholm.

2011 Bilinski Fellow
2012 United States Artists Kjenner Fellow

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