September 13, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
PADL West presents a community workshop with internationally renowned dance artist Keith Hennessy
City Heights Performance Annex
3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
September 13, 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $20-$30 sliding scale
Social Dancing (aka Negotiation)
A dance laboratory for experiments in touch, sensing, struggle, collaboration, support, resistance, and relationship. We will work with failure more than flow, with struggle more than ease. The goal of the class is to extend the proposals and possibilities of Contact Improvisation – including no contact, post/contact, companionship, solidarity, refusal, competition, unison, and mediation with objects, language, and games. 1960-70s dance experimentation was heavily influenced by pop culture and youth rebellion, including hippy culture and activist projects (anti-war, feminism, Black Power…). How do contemporary dance practices erase, engage or embody these influences?
Keith says, “My primary teaching/research is on the politics of relationship and how dance practices can be a laboratory for new social relations based on queer-feminist-antiracist-decolonial ethics. I tend to work mostly with duet practices, improvisation, and experimental ritual.”
Remember when neoliberalism was our best tool for analyzing the current crises of solidarity, economic injustice, precarity and personal anxiety? Trumpism – as part of international movements towards radical right nationalist populism - challenges us to reconsider fascism, nationalism, fear, and security. Let's consider the dance class as prefigurative resistance and care practice (living now as we want the future to be).
Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer and organiser. Born in Sudbury (Canada), he lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Ideas and practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, punk, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilise Hennessy’s creative and activist projects. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (with Sara Shelton Mann), CORE, Cahin-caha, and cirque bâtard. Awards, commissions, residencies? Yes, several, including a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. Rejections, unemployment, failures? Yes, plenty. Hennessy has an MFA in Choreography and a PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis.
*Keith's San Diego residency is a co-production between SDSU School of Music and Dance, CSUSM Dance Studies, PADL West, and Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero