Keith Hennessy
Dancer & Choreographer
San Francisco, CA
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by John Kjenner.

Dancer, choreographer, and performance artist Keith Hennessy stages his work in theaters and at protests, fusing performance art with community activism while often breaking the barrier between audience and performer. His works combine dance with speaking, dancing, and visual imagery, and they frequently address AIDS, race, and political injustices. Hennessy has founded several performance collaboratives, including ZERO PERFORMANCE, and has received many honors, including a Bessie Award for Crotch (2009) as well as several Isadora Duncan dance Awards (1999, 2000, 2009).

Portrait photo courtesy Michael Rauner.
  • Crotch (all the Joseph Beuys references in the world...), 2009; photo credit Yi-Chun Wu