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Keith Hennessy
(Deepening Class)
Class Description: "Cups and Swords"

Working the generative tensions between Water and Air, between the Tarot suits of Cups and Swords, this CI class is designed to expand our physical vocabularies and relational potential. We'll use the Tarot to deepen our awareness and challenge our understandings of the ways that CI dances with power and intimacy. Cups – water, flow, imagination, emotions, always moving towards fusion and love. Swords – air, communication, intellect, marking difference, always moving towards clarity and justice. Let's try dancing with the cup, the blade, and both at the same time.



Keith Hennessy dances in and around performance. Born in Sudbury Canada, he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. He started dancing CI in Montréal in 1979 and has been dancing-teaching-studying-critiquing improvised dance and CI cultures ever since. Keith’s 2016-17 collaborators include Peaches, Meg Stuart, Scott Wells, Jassem Hindi, J Jha, Annie Danger, Gerald Casel, and the collaboratives Blank Map and Turbulence. Keith's recent teaching  includes Ponderosa (Germany), FRESH (SF), L'Artère (Québec), Movement Research (NYC), Impulstanz (Vienna), Hollins University, VAC Foundation (Moscow), Freiburg and Warsaw Flow CI Festivals. Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artist Fellowship, a NY Bessie, a few Izzies and a Goldie. Keith's writings have been published widely including in CQ/Contact Quarterly. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann. Hennessy is a co-founder of CounterPULSE (formerly 848 Community Space) a thriving performance space in San Francisco. He earned an MFA and PhD from University of California (Davis).

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