Post/Contact: dancing to re-imagine the crises of difference and politics with Keith Hennessy

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October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm - October 15, 2017 - 3:00pm

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 workshop is to extend the proposals and possibilities of Contact Improvisation. 

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; dance practices that shift habitual embodiment and inspire more expansive perceptions – how we read and experience the world.”

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).

(Photo: Jassem Hindi + Keith Hennessy, future friend-ships by Anja Beutler)

Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility)

Professional: $400 
Full:               $350 
Subsidized:   $300 

Above pricing include meals and dormitory-style lodging.

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Participant Community Support
As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the workshop and a Final House Clean on Sunday, October 15th. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants, Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. We will be welcoming you into this collective home and thus so appreciate your contributions to our space!

 

Faculty
Keith Hennessy

Keith Hennessy dances in and around performance. Born in northern Ontario, he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. His performances engage improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, post/Modern dance, activist art, the Bay Area, wicca, punk, contact improvisation, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilize Hennessy’s work. Keith’s 2016 collaborators include Peaches, Meg Stuart, Scott Wells, Jassem Hindi, and the collaboratives Blank Map and Turbulence. He teaches in universities, independent studios, and festivals including Ponderosa, Fresh, HZT, Movement Research, Portland State University, Sandberg Institute, and Impulstanz. Awards include the United States Artist Fellowship, a NY Bessie, multiple Isadora Duncan Awards, and a Bay Area Goldie. Keith's writings have been published in Movement Research Journal, Performance Research (UK), Society of Dance History Scholars Journal, Dance Theatre Journal (UK), Contact Quarterly, Itch, Front, and In Dance. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann. He earned an MFA and PhD from UC Davis. www.circozero.org

(photo credit: Robbie Sweeney)

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