Dance and performance artist Keith Hennessy will be here during Week 2 of Rhubarb to present his internationally acclaimed CROTCH, and to facilitate a free 2-day workshop, Performing (queer) Failure, presented in association with Hub 14.
Keith works within tensions of intimacy, spectacle, rhetoric, ritual, the personal and social, and failure. Working in relationship to queer – as perspective, practice, tactic, handicap and identity – participants will spend two days investigating failure. Acknowledging and then exploiting the gap between ideal and real.
“We’ll move, talk, improvise, scheme and make stuff for each others’ delight and provocation.”
We are thrilled to offer this workshop for free, but space is limited. All dance, performance, visual and conceptual artists are welcome to apply. Send a brief paragraph (maximum 1-page) introducing your work, experience and any questions or ambitions you are currently exploring to firstname.lastname@example.org – applications are due Tuesday, January 31.
Connecting with his investigation into failure, recently Keith has been busy with collaborations and residencies across the globe to create Turbulence (a dance about the economy). The piece is a bodily response to economic crisis and an experiment not only in performance, but also in developing alternative modes of producing performance. This video gives a taste of what was accomplished from only a series of short residencies.
More rants, raves, reflections and revisions on Keith’s blog
A little more on Joseph Beuys
Some suggested reading from Keith:
Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure by Sara Jane Bailes
The Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstam
Institute of Failure
Also, if failure’s your thing revisit Sarah Garton Stanley’s PERFROMANCE ORDER FORM on the Rhubarb blog.