Presenting: Keith Hennessy and Taja Will in conversation/improvisation

cfpa and The Performance Collective present:

Keith Hennessy and Taja Will

in an open-ended, interactive, and unresolved conversation and improvisation about life and art, in an ever complexifying and intersectional landscape.

Saturday, February 1st, from 8-9:30 pm.

Pay what you can donation (at the door.) Reserve your spot here.

Join us to listen, witness, witness deeper, participate, ask questions, listen more . .

This community event is the public culmination of a 10-hour workshop for local performing artists, led by Keith. This workshop is motivated and inspired by queer feminist and anti-racist critique, actual and fantasy witchcraft, bodily sensations-impulses-desires, anti-systemic and indigenous struggles-perspectives-practices, and the experimental margins of dance and other arts. More information about the workshop here: cfpampls.com/announcing-keith-hennessy-workshop/

What is queer performance? How do you queer performance? Is this a queer performance? How useful or generative is “queer” to describe desire, a body, a creative intervention, a dance or performance? What happens when queer is white or not white? How does queer resonate or not with decolonial intentions and indigenous knowledges? How does queer performance engage (or not) with critical whiteness theory?

Hennessy and Will are coming together to investigate, verbally and non-verbally, questions of what’s up, what’s bubbling, what’s troubling, what’s unfinished or unresolved. . . 

Keith Hennessy is a San Francisco-based award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer.  As Artistic Director of Circo Zero, he has built a laboratory for live performance which functions as a public laboratory for investigations of spiritual, artistic, sexual, and political concerns, while evolving performance language and building community through collaboration. www.circozero.org

Taja Will is a Twin-Cities-based socially engaged artist and healing practitioner. She is a queer, Chilean adoptee, performer, choreographer, therapist and restorative justice facilitator. She explores visceral connections to current socio-cultural realities through feminine archetypes and everyday magic. Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series, Right Here Showcase and the Candy Box Dance Festival. www.tajawillartist.com


This event is part of The Performance Collective’s ReClaim series, which explores the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). We engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience, and we assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and new understanding.

The Performance Collective is fiscally-sponsored through Springboard for the Arts‘ Incubator Program. All income from this event supports the work of local performing artists through residencies, public presentations, and master class workshops. 

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