An intimate solo of rants, dance, and ritual by Keith Hennessy

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 bombing of a Sufi mosque in Sinai and the mass shooting of a country music festival in Las Vegas. Hennessy’s performance features poetic texts, contemplative dances, dark satire, plaintive chanting, and an aerial dance.

Sink, verb: going under, to fall or drop gradually, to displace the volume by descending
Sink, idiom: everything but the kitchen sink

Sink’s approach to current politics waivers between punk and contemplative, transformative and fucked. It won’t be pretty most of the time. Hennessy is white, cis male, queer, immigrant and settler San Franciscan, anarchist, improviser, late 50s, broken, and pissed… all of which situate his dancing / imagination.

When + Where:

Fri - Sat December 1-2 + 8-9
Saturday December 2nd ASL Interpretation by Debbie Taylor
8pm @ The Joe Goode Annex
$0 - $10+

Sketch for new work by Keith Hennessy Presented at FRESH Festival 2017 at The Annex. Video by Chani Bockwinkel. May Pole corset by Jack Davis.


Choreography, performance, text, visuals: Keith Hennessy
Music: new and old compositions by Marc Kate, with additional songs by Sylvester and Terry Collier
Costumes: Jack Davis, Nadine Jessen, Keith Hennessy
Special guest dancer: Aaron Perlstein
Light design: Beth Hersh in collaboration with Grisel Torres and Keith Hennessy
ASL interpretation: Debbie Taylor
Production Manager: Alley Wilde

Other Writing

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 is made possible with funding by The San Francisco Arts Commission OPG Grant, California Arts Council Local Impact Grant, and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation