Art stations fundation - by Grażyna Kulczyk

02.07.2011 - 06.07.2011
Studio Słodownia +3
Keith Hennessy Coaching: Post/Contact – practices of body-to-body engagement

Coaching for professionals

Saturday 02.07 - Wednesday 06.07

Applications / deadline: Please send your applications by June 27th! Please enclose your professional CV.

Post/Contact – practices of body-to-body engagement
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. How do we engage, critique, and evolve the practices of Contact Improvisation? What are its limitations in relation to performance, contemporary art, choreographic innovation and intervention? Focused on duet partnerships, we will also consider the influence of the duet (as practice, as representation) on solo and group dancing.

Contact Improvisation, more than any other development in European and American dance, challenged the hierarchy of the vertical body, attempted to democratize body parts, challenged the role of gender in dance partnering, and disrupted deeply embodied choreographic and institutional habits. Post/Contact questions and celebrates the resistance to Contact Improvisation in today’s dance and performance. 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? How do we negotiate CI’s hippy tendencies and identities? What happens when dance research becomes a lifestyle?

Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. He was born in Northern Ontario, lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Recent awards include a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie (2007) the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005) and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Djerassi. Hennessy directs ZERO PERFORMANCE, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (85-94), CORE (95-98), and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (98-02). Recent works include Delinquent, a work with young adults investigating juvenile crime and punishment, commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Crotch, a solo performance developed at L’Arsenic in Lausanne, and presented in New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Zagreb, Liverpool, Poznan, Berlin and Vienna. Keith’s 2010 teaching includes University of Dance & Circus (Stockholm), Impulstanz (Vienna), Touch & Play Festival (Berlin), Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen) and American Dance Festival (Durham). Hennessy is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis.

“Hennessy is that rare artist who succeeds in translating fierce social concerns into artistically satisfying creations that enlighten and entertain. Against all odds he believes in art's power to reassume its ritualistic and healing function.”

Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian