Dance is thrilled to welcome two Artists in Residence for the 2016/17 year:
Gerry Trentham, hailing from Drumheller, Alberta, is founder and Artistic Director of pounds per square inch (lbc/sq') performance. Mr. Trentham has created over 30 works for the stage including three full evening works. He wrote, choreographed and directed, Autobiography: Chapters One through Five (2003) and Cathedral (1998), which was listed in Toronto's Globe and Mail and Now Magazine as one of the top ten best new works of that year and Four Mad Humours (2011), which simultaneously premiered in Buffalo and Toronto, then Chicago and Montreal, connected by live video streaming. It received a 2011 Toronto Dora Award Nomination for outstanding performance by Linnea Swan. Mr. Trentham performed extensively throughout North America and Europe in the works of many of Canada's most prominent contemporary choreographers including a seven-year tenure with Serge Bennathan's Dancemakers. He was internationally acclaimed for his performance in Bennathan's Chronicles of a Simple Life. The New York Time dance critic, Anna Kisselgoff, called his performance "remarkably lyrical" and Clive Barnes of the New York Post wrote "...powerfully acted by the outstanding Gerry Trentham". Six works in which he has originated roles have been nominated for and/or received Toronto Dora Awards. Mr. Trentham has an MFA in Performance and a Graduate Voice Diploma from York University and has taught voice, movement and acting, as well as directed and choreographed productions throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia.
Kelly Keenan is a Montréal-based dance artist and teacher fascinated by the perceptive capacity of the body. This is reflected both her artistic and teaching practices. She has often collaborated with Kira Kirsch, Adam Kinner, Catherine Lavoie Marcus, and, more recently, been involved in shared projects with Katie Ward, Kevin O'Connor, Sara Hanley and Maria Kefirova. Kelly’s teaching is fundamentally about catching and chasing awareness as layers of complexity accumulate. She is devoted to creating a positive, physical and experimental context for movers to experience refinement, pleasure and empowerment through dance. Kelly teaches technique at Concordia University. She also teaches workshops in Montreal, further abroad in Canada, and internationally for festivals, pre-professional and professional dance institutions. Kelly is noted for her contribution to the Axis Syllabus community as a contributing researcher, teacher and administrator from 2004 to 2015. She was the co-director of the North American Nomadic College from 2013 to 15. Kelly has been on the Board of Directors of Studio 303 since 2012 and is currently its President.