Critical Joy with Peaches


Starting from the workshop Critical Joy, co-led by Keith Hennessy and Peaches with an international collaborative of dance and performance artists, a series of performances were created in close encounter with painting, sculpture, dance, pop and their hybrids. Choreography, sculpture and music as expanded social practices where politics and art and party and friendship motivate action.

Critical: Being awake to structural violence.
Joy: The secret of struggle (Alice Walker).


The performance occurred as two linked events:

  • A series of museum performances staged throughout Vienna’s mumok (museum of contemporary art) responding to the exhibit Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age. Each performance was created and staged by the performers.

  • A free concert on a massive outdoor stage in the Museum’s Quartier, witnessed by 3000 people, directed by Peaches and Hennessy. Featuring songs and performance actions by Peaches, Hennessy, and the collaborating workshop artists. The event concluded in a joyous DJ set by Bhenji Ra & Casper-Malte Augusta.


July 27, 2016
ImPulsTanz, MQ Square, Vienna


Direction: Peaches & Keith Hennessy

Created in collaboration with Josephine Ahnelt, Bonnie Curtis, Samira Elagoz, Dolores Hulan, Nora Jacobs, Lau Lukkarila, Alex Mähr, Tobias Maier, Christopher Matthews, Andrea Maurer, Chad McLachlan, Alexandre Morin, Johanna Nielson, Birte Opitz, Rory Pilgrim, Sébastien Provencher, Bhenji Ra, Macieja Sado, Michael Scerbo, Olive Schellander, Marion Steinfellner, Marie Ursin, and Stephanie Wyburn

Curated by Christine Standfest
Eine Kooperation von ImPulsTanz und mumok
All photos by Lydia Daniller (except daytime rehearsal photo by Hennessy)

Painting 2.0 was curated by Manuela Ammer (mumok curator), Achim Hochdörfer (director of the Brandhorst Collection), and David Joselit (distinguished professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York), with Tonio Kröner (assistant curator, Museum Brandhorst).