CIRCO ZERO 2017-11-10T20:19:06+00:00

Directed by Keith Hennessy
Thursday – Sunday, June 6-9 & June 20-July 7; 8:30pm
Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St. @ 17th St., San Francisco


A group of migrants and exiles gather for a funeral. Embodying remnants of various cultures, lost and found, they attempt to honor the ancestors. Humans, briefly playing gods by extending physical and social limits, invoke strength and flight, flexibility and balance, whimsy and tragedy. Welcome to the circus.

Circo Zero is a fusion of popular and experimental, contemporary and ancient performance forms, and is Hennessy’s return home to collaborate with an emerging community of Bay Area circus and music artists: Amanda Starr, Benn Mendoza, Susan Voyticky, Tyler Downing, Jade-blue Eclipse, Gabriel Todd, Loren Olds, Neal Stewart, and Elaine Buckholtz. The work is intended to be both intimate and spectacular. Performance elements integrate traditional circus arts (aerial fabric, cloud swing, acrobatics, contortion, aerial hoop, juggling) and contemporary performance within a musical landscape of American roots/folk songs supported by contemporary rhythms (hip hop, breakbeat, downtempo). The goal is to reflect and honor the global with the local.

Circo Zero is funded by the SF Arts Commission and Zellerbach Family Fund and is presented by counterPULSE, ODC Theater Offsite, and the National Queer Arts Festival.