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White Wing Dove - November 8 2019

A sampling of the White Wing Dove project, with footage drawn from rehearsals, backing projections, and the performance on November 8, 2019.

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Full clip of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" from the November 8 performance of White Wing Dove. Featuring: Jon Bauman, Jeremy Durkin, Corey Hennessey, Andrew McVey, Colleen Pelser, Trevor Shipley, Caye Slaymaker.

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About Corey

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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Corey Hennessey is a Baltimore-based performer, musician, and artist. His favorite color is orange and his favorite animal is the giant anteater. A frequent collaborator with numerous local theator companies, he is also one half of the band Snake Charm and the creator of White Wing Dove. White Wing Dove is a project based on uniting communities and inspiring collaboration. Beginning in June 2019 with an enhanced recreation of Stevie Nicks's Bella Donna Tour, the project looks to highlight... more

White Wing Dove

White Wing Dove is a project that aims to unite artists and observers across genres through a mutual love of music and performance. We look to take recorded live concerts and transform them into accessible, inclusive, quality works of performance, utilizing and showing off the generosity and talent that exists here in Baltimore in unique combinations. With this style of performance, a community is built amongst the performers, so that while each song in the set is a unique combination of players, the entirety of the show is cohesive and impactful.
White Wing Dove began in May 2019, with its first performance of Stevie Nicks's Bella Donna Tour first running in June and then once again in November. The performances each consisted of 25+ singers, musicians, dancers, visual artists, actors, hosts, and more. The goal of the project si to connect audiences and performers (many of whom may not have seen and/or worked with one another prior to the event) across a shared love of music and songwriting, while also providing a source of publicity and revenue for the artists involved and an accessible, budget friendly, and recurring show for patrons.

  • White Wing Dove - November 8 2019

    A sampling of the White Wing Dove project, with footage drawn from rehearsals, backing projections, and the performance on November 8, 2019.

404

404 combines the urgency and immediacy of pop music with intense projected visuals and disparate choreography to enhance and effectively narrate the internal struggles associated with anxiety, displacement, disappointment and then re-emergence through these. The projections alter the body, the body alters the words, and the words guide the music. No one is in control, but every element is fighting for power. Conceived, written, performed, and designed by Corey Hennessey, with original music by Andrew McVey, Derek Vaughan Brown, and Jerz Durkin, 404 premiered in May 2016 as thesis production in Towson's MFA Program, but has stayed in a constant state of growth, even showing itself as an MTV Unplugged styled version at the Stillpointe Theatre in June and July of 2016.

  • Waffle (Excerpt from "404" May 4, 2016)

    Corey Hennessey performs "Waffle" during 404 on May 4, 2016.
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    Corey Hennessey performing 404.
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    Projection intro of 404.
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    Corey Hennessey performing 404, May 2016.
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    Corey Hennessey performing 404, May 2016.
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    Corey Hennessey performing 404 (with his projection double), May 2016.

Unhinged

Unhinged is a story telling session, weaving together original music from the show "404" and covers to tell the unique but universal story of entering and completing graduate school in your mid-twenties. Created and performed by Corey Hennessey and Andrew McVey, Unhinged takes on a very MTV Unplugged style setting, cozy and intimate, as the storytellers, accompanied by only an electric guitar (and at times an electronic beat) reveal their inner truths. The music ranges from spacey ballads to country-style stomps to unexpected mash-ups.

Shapez

My first wholly original work, Shapez is an exploration into the idea of combining photographic compositional concepts to performance, particularly geometry and cropping. Inspired by the works of Robert Mapplethorpe, the piece consists of multiple segments connected through overlapping projections and repeated movements. Through the piece, two performers (myself and Caitlin Rife) navigate a two-dimensional landscape of projected imagery, creating moments in three dimensions where the light allows.
For Shapez, I created all still imagery choreography, and assembled all found film, music, dialogue, and lyrics into a cohesive whole performance. Shape ran approximately 17 minutes and was featured as part of Sextant: An Evening of Works In-Progress at towson University.

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