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​44 | #KeithHennessey - Circo Zero

On our first episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts Azaria and YeaJean interview Keith Hennessy the Creator and Artistic Director of Circo Zero. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about grant writing to help independent artists during COVID-19, receiving/giving with eye gaze vs. the camera, queerness as a way of thinking about LGBTQIA+ in relation to society at large, collaborating across lines of difference, is Contact Improvisation sexy, touch post-pandemic, and Keith’s current research interests.


[0:31] Azaria and YeaJean introduce Keith Hennessy


[1:56] Azaria asks: “How have you been holding up wit quarantine, COVID-19, and your company?”

[5:51] YeaJean asks: “In this pandemic social media has helped a lot. Do you have any tips or thoughts on how social media has been helping?”

[10:18] YeaJean asks: “What does queer dance mean to you?”

[14:30] YeaJean asks: “How does that translate to your dance making? How did you gain this interest?”

[18:46] Azaria asks: “On the Contact Quarterly article, ‘Questioning Contact Improvisation’ you mentioned, “how the social contexts of CI remain predominantly white and heterosexual despite the radical potential of the dancing and the utopian intentons and progressive self perception of many CI dancers.” I’m curious about how you are taking the idea of queerness to break down normativity and whiteness in contact improvisation?

[23:02] YeaJean asks: “Is CI sexy or not? Have you met the CI dancers whose romantic partners are jealous of the dancing?”

[30:40] Azaria asks: “What are some of your big research interests?”

[35:46] YeaJean asks: “Can you elaborate I want to hear your options?”

[34:20] Azaria and YeaJean asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Saturday Night Fever

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Both “It’s way to complicated...overall positive”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • None

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