Sink

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

Sink’s approach to current politics waivers between punk and contemplative, transformative and fucked. Loneliness, a lifejacket, a white man, a shadow dance, a long angry sad song, and love, suspended.

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 temple in Sinai, the repeated killing of journalists in Mexico, increased visibility of the neo-fascist right in the US and abroad, and the mass shootings in Charleston, Parkland, and Las Vegas.

Sink features poetic texts, contemplative dances, dark satire, plaintive chanting, re-processed nazi music, and an aerial dance. An intimate and confrontational portrait of the current era through the embodied perspective of a middle aged, white, gay male artist.

When + Where

Fri-Sat June 1-2, 2018
Fri June 1: ASL interpretation by Debbie Taylor
Sat June 2: Audio Description and Pre-Show Touch Tour by Jess Curtis
8pm @ The Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Press

"it confronts injustice with wild bursts of sentimentality and moments of savage beauty and grace...It is a clarion call for justice, the miracle of surviving, and an amazing journey that embraces a volcano of everyday emotions..." - John Wilkins, KQED
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"There is something queer about Sink, a political purge in heels, a ritualized communal healing, a street-smart shamanic journey... Sink is unsinkable, heavy in content and reality, buoyantly hopeful in its alchemy." - David Moreno, Culture Vulture
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"Hennessy is as much a dramatic poet as a movement-artist; he knows how to mix the media... He keeps us precarious, and that's the point." - Paul Parrish, Bay Area Reporter
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Jennifer Chien and Keith Hennessy radio feature on KALW
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Excerpts from December 2017 premiere at The Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco

Credits

Choreography, performance, text, visuals: Keith Hennessy
Music: new and old compositions by Marc Kate, with additional songs by Sylvester and Terry Callier
Costumes: Jack Davis, Nadine Jessen, Keith Hennessy
Guest dancer December 2017 premiere: Aaron Perlstein
Guest dancer June 2018: Nathaniel Moore
Light design: Beth Hersh in collaboration with Grisel Torres and Keith Hennessy
ASL interpretation: Debbie Taylor
Photography: Robbie Sweeny
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, verb: going under, to fall or drop gradually, to displace the volume by descending
Sink, idiom: everything but the kitchen sink

Performance History

January 2017 :: Sink work-in-progress showing at FRESH Festival in San Francisco
October 2017 :: Sink work-in-progress showing at Lion's Jaw in Boston
December 1-9, 2017 :: Sink premiered at The Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco
June 1-2, 2018 :: Sink at The Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco

Funding

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.