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Crotch: A performance and art installation by Keith Hennessy

February 24, 2014 - 11:42 AM

On the surface, Crotch is about art, its histories, and its heroes. Deeper, a sadness grows, a queer melancholy, in an evocative, interpretive performance.

Moving across a stage full of sculpture, performer Keith Hennessy references the images and actions of legendary artist Joseph Beuys, embodying his shamanic beliefs and channeling this mythic figure. With music ranging from Emmylou Harris to Teddy Thompson to Nirvana, Crotch is a song, a dance, a lecture, and a conversation with the dead. True to Beuys’ legacy and Hennessy’s improvisational practice, chaos through play becomes form.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Student Union Okanagan Pride Resource Centre, and the Jane Rule Endowment present a free performance of Crotch on Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m. at University Theatre (ADM026) 1138 Alumni Ave., UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna.

Crotch was winner of the 2009 Bessie, New York Dance and Performance Award.

Hennessy, born in Sudbury, is a dancer, choreographer and performance artist  based in San Francisco. He is regarded as a pioneer of queer and AIDS-themed expressionist dance.

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