Rants, dance, and chants by Keith Hennessy
Two performances only
This is the last chance to see this work in the Bay Area
Sink’s approach to current politics waivers between punk and contemplative, transformative and fucked. Loneliness, a lifejacket, a white man, a shadow dance, a sad angry song, and love, suspended.
“Sink is a clarion call for justice, the miracle of surviving, and an amazing journey that embraces a volcano of everyday emotions… with wild bursts of sentimentality and moments of savage beauty and grace.” John Wilkens, KQED
The performance is an embodied response to the current political, economic, and social shifts that have produced not only Trump and Brexit, Erdogan and Duterte, but also the massive refugee crises all over the world, the mass shootings in Christchurch, Charleston, and Gilroy, and normalization of precarity in all sectors (financial instability, impossible debt, depression, anxiety, poverty, incarceration, species extinction, climate chaos and existential fears…).
An intimate and confrontational portrait of the current era, Sink features poetic texts, contemplative dances, dark satire, plaintive chanting, re-processed nazi music, and an aerial dance.
Hennessy says, “Sink is a personal experiment… I’m feeling fragile and distracted and that’s partly structural. I’m responding to hate and terror, shame and paralysis, the will to survive competing against the urge to implode/explode. I’m reaching in new and old directions, dancing contemplatively, climbing dangerously, singing my guts out, asking too many questions at once: Is freedom a useful concept to motivate dancing? Can a performance be a spell of support for Syrian and Sudanese refugees or victims of fire, hurricane and government betrayal? Is there a non harmful role for the white and male artist? In our need to create contexts for healing, care, and trauma relief, how can I defend artistic provocation or abstract formalism?”
Sink, verb: going under, to fall or drop gradually, to displace the volume by descending
Sink, idiom: everything but the kitchen sink
Friday, November 1st, 2019 @8:00pm
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 @7:00pm