Turbulence


Friends and Neighbors! It seems I’ve been utter crap at updating the ole website. The last few months have had me sucked up into a project I could write a damn book about, Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence
Though we’ve been touring/working for almost 2 years, we’re about to “premiere” at PICA’s TBA festival, we’ll then be heading to Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. Come see us!
Here’s Keith’s description of the work

Performer/collaborators: Julie Phelps, Emily Leap, Laura Arrington, Jesse Hewit, Jorge De Hoyos, Hana Erdman (Berlin/SF), Gabriel Todd, Ruairi O’Donovan (Cork), Empress Jupiter, Keith Hennessy, with additional guest artists at each venue.

Unstable structures supported by unsustainable systems, this dance cannot stand up on its own. Turbulence (a dance about the economy) is a bodily response to economic crisis.

Turbulence engages the frictions between economic crisis, disaster capitalism, debt, precarity, propaganda, torture, union busting, magic, collaboration, war, and physical performance.

Instigated before the recent Occupy Wall Street actions, Turbulence is intended as both provocation and affirmation of global movement for economic justice.

Responding both to economic and ecological crises, Turbulence is an experiment not only in performance, but also in developing alternative modes of producing performance. Integrating new cast members (as generative collaborators) for each performance, the work resists fixed or predetermined outcomes. Improvisation is both survival strategy and political tactic. The economy of making dances and being a dancer will focus the investigation of this research-based performance experiment.

Accumulating dances, images, texts, and tactics with each cast, the process was tested at venues in San Francisco, Stolzenhagen and Vienna in 2011. The work will continue to be developed in Portand, SF, Stolzenhagen and Pontempeyrat through 2012.

The US premier of Turbulence will be at PICA’s TBA Festival September 12-15, 2012, followed by performances in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center Sep 20-21, in SF at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sep 27-29, and at New York Live Arts Oct 4-6, 2012.

2011 residencies include Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen, Jul 18-23), Impulstanz (Vienna, Aug 1-5), and CounterPULSE (San Francisco, Dec 10-18).

Summer 2012 residencies include Regards et Mouvements (Pontempeyrat, France), PICA (Portland), CounterPULSE (SF) and Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen).

GUEST ARTISTS
Portland: Roya Amirsoleymani, Keyon Gaskin, Takahiro Yamamoto
Seattle: Markeith Wiley, Joan Hanna (tentative)
San Francisco: Ray Chung, others TBA
New York: Ishmael Houston-Jones, Dana Michel (Montréal), other TBA.

Turbulence was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Projet, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding includes Zellerbach Family Foundation, the New Stages in Dance grant, and the SF Arts Commission OPG.

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