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Choreographer Keith Hennessy on processing the news in public in "Sink"

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Keith Hennessy

Keeping up with the daily news cycle can sometimes be stressful.

We brace ourselves for partisan political strife, new revelations of abuse or harassment, or events of public mass violence. San Francisco-based choreographer and performance artist Keith Hennessy likes to process this discord by making art. His new solo show is called “Sink,” and he says the title is partly about throwing all of his thoughts and feelings about the current state of the world into the performance — everything but the kitchen sink.

He told KALW’s Jen Chien about the process of making the show, which is a combination of dance, music, theater and imagery.

"The performance is like a highly edited journal entry from the last two years. I'm taking artistic practices that I have, the ways that I observe the world, the way that I observe my body, my thinking, my feelings, and I'm making an expressionistic painting. Except that it's coming out through songs, dances, poetic texts."

"Sink" will be performed at the Joe Goode Annex on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9.