Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Keith Hennessy

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2006, 2009, 2014

Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and activist. Born in northern Ontario, he lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual, and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (with Sara Shelton Mann), CORE, and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard. Recent awards include the USA Kjenner Fellowship (2012), a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), and a Goldie (2007). Recent works include Turbulence (a dance about the economy), Almost a duet with Jassem Hindi, and Bear/Skin a dance rite impaired by selective amnesia. Recent teaching includes Ponderosa (Germany), Impulstanz (Vienna), AEx-Corps (Dakar), UBC (Kelowna), UC Davis, Texas Women's University, and La Alternativa (SF). Hennessy has an M.F.A. in choreography and is a Ph.D. candidate in performance studies at UC Davis.


New Hampshire

Keith Hennessy worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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