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Keith Hennessy is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. He was born in Northern Ontario, lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO and ZERO PERFORMANCE, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (85-94), CORE (95-98), and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (98-02). Recent awards include a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie (2007) and the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005). Zero’s current project is Turbulence (a dance about the economy) which will premiere in Spring 2012 at YBCA, DTW, and Queer Zagreb. Recent works include Delinquent, commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Crotch, a solo performance developed at L’Arsenic in Lausanne, and presented in New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Zagreb, Liverpool, Poznan, Berlin and at Impulstanz in Vienna. Keith’s 2010-11 teaching includes University of Dance & Circus (Stockholm), Touch & Play Festival (Berlin), Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen), UC Davis, Pontempeyrat (France), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), and American Dance Festival (Durham). Hennessy is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis. www.circozero.org
Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, a poetry collection, and a novel. Her work has been included in the Best Music Writing, Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Erotica collections. She is founder and Executive Director of RADAR Productions, curating literature and performance monthly at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Public Library and the Luggage Store Gallery. She organizes the Sister Spit international performance tour and the annual Radar LAB writers’ retreat.
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer and performer. She grew up in and around the Bay Area, training and performing as a classical ballerina and majoring in Dance and Art History at Mills College. She then studied performance and classical techniques in New York and India before spening a year in Minneapolis dancing with the Dylan Skybrook Dance Company, and three years living and dancing in Brussels Belgium with Fougere Dance. Since returning stateside where she has had the pleasure of performing Keith Hennessy, Kelly Kemp, Aura Fischbeck, Christine Cali, Alyssa Lee and Abigail Hosein, and she currently works with Laura Arrington.
Jesse Hewit is a choreographer working primarily in San Francisco, and the leader of Strong Behavior, an ongoing performance project and company. Additionally, he curates and facilitates original performance and discussion through Dancer’s Group, CounterPULSE, and the National Queer Arts Festival. In the past year, besides working with his extraordinary company, Jesse has collaborated on original work with Erika Chong Shuch, Catherine Galasso, Sara Kraft, Travis Mathews, and Keith Hennessy, and was the recipient of the 2010 GOLDIE award for performance. He holds a BFA from Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing (NYU) and an MA in Sexuality Studies from SFSU. To learn more, go to jessehewit.com, and come see Dog, premiering at Z Space in December of 2011.