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A little about what we do
Featuring the creation, production and dissemination of new inter-arts works created by artistic director Gerry Trentham, lbs/sq” associate artists and collaborators.
Fostering environments that support research into contemporary interdisciplinary performance, including process-driven training grounds, research gatherings and mentorship opportunities.
Encouraging attention to the artist’s authentic vision, and a long-term investment in innovation and the extension of the artists’ work through integral association, dialogue and interaction with others.
From the Blog
I am so excited to welcome Jessie Garon and her company, Vazari Dance, to our pounds community. Jessie has asked me to be the outside eye for the new work that she is creating with her partner, actor and musician, Stevie Joffe. Incidentally I taught both of these two – two parts of this powerhouse […]
The Pound’Around team joined Heidi Strauss and cast at The Theatre Centre last week to watch ‘what it’s like’! The group was thrilled to witness such an amazing performance. After the show Gerry expressed he enthusiasm for the show; “Well if you saw Heidi and Jeremy’s (and collaborator’s) show then you know what I am […]
After a long day’s work, I’m always ready to get together with a few artists and head over to any season launch party, especially Public Recordings. For those of you that may not know me, I am Emma Bulpin, and I am a Pound’Around enthusiast. What’s a pound’around you might ask? Well, lbs/sq” associates, friends, […]
As we move forward from last years installation at Silo City we may be adding a new dancer. With all the transformation – or lack of – in our North American community with regard to race relations the work has asked for a new direction. I have been talking to Diane Roberts and Kevin Ormsby, […]
We are missing Sylvie; she has been struck down by a narcissistic cold virus that thinks her world revolves around it. Her absence is keenly felt. … through line/ story line and revelation … there seems to be one clear story: gerry and sylvie … when are we our every day selves … when are […]
Are we transforming the space or the relationships? We have returned for the culmination of nearly 3 years of research and development for The Art of Peace: show time! Designer and technical whiz, James Kendal joins us in the Blue Barracks while we catch Lisa up on what was discovered during the last development […]
Through contemporary research, creation and production, driven by a trans-disciplinary aesthetic, deeply honed artistic craft, and inclusive cultural/environmental consciousness, lbs/sq” is dedicated to reflecting, challenging, transforming and enriching our local and global community.
A few words from the lbs/sq" team
“It started with a meeting around a table in Grad school. We admired each other’s work. With our own paths in front of us, we danced around the possibility of collaboration ‘someday… somehow…’ I’m thrilled to have our paths converge in such a wonderful way and look forward to a rich collaboration with Gerry and the associates at lbs/sq”. My wandering heart has found a home.”- Diane Roberts,
“Over the past 20 years, lbs/sq” has produced over 30 of my works and helped me collaborate with 150+ fellow artists. I am deeply grateful to the board, administrators, producers, volunteers and audience that have helped sustain this significant part of my artistic life.”- Gerry Trentham,
“I am honoured to share the 30-year legacy of Canada’s National Voice Intensive with Toronto via lbs/sq”. The program welcomes performers of all forms to discover, uncover and rediscover their artistic voice and has been a leader in performance training with innovations in all forms of theatre, dance, music and inter-arts fields.”- Canada’s National Voice Intensive,
Associate Organization Artistic Director David Smukler
“What an enviable pleasure it is to be associated with lbs/sq”, a talented bevvy of creators, designers, explorers, inventors, and pioneers extraordinaire. Both on stage and behind the scenes, it’s a whirl of dangerous discoveries and exhilarating joys each and every day.”- Jessa Agilo,
Collaborating Artist and Past Producer
“I feel as though every time I work with Gerry I am celebrating yet another birthday, for every time without fail, I am being mentored and my eyes, along with my imagination, widen to a world of possibilities. I am so incredibly blessed to have both Gerry and lbs/sq” in my life to watch and encourage me to grow as an artist.”- Tamara Freeman,
Associate Artist and Past Communication Lead
“My relationship with Gerry and lbs/sq” has slowly evolved over the past few years, from coffee and dinner chats about the nature of art and life to a collaborative artistic practice and process, engaging fully in the work of the company. I’m thrilled to continue this evolution in the future.”- Michael Caldwell,
“It’s an honor to collaborate with Gerry Trentham and his associates here at lbs/sq”. Through working together I’ve gained a new perspective on my artwork, and developed a richer vocabulary which has transformed and strengthened my aesthetic.”- Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff,
“I first saw Gerry wheel his wheelbarrow across the stage in 2013 and I thought, “I’ve got to get to know this guy.” His generosity in performance, his knowledge and breadth of experience in such a wide range of performance skills: voice, acting, improvisation, choreography, dancing, writing, directing … the list goes on… is inspiring and motivating.“
My own performing career has been re-launched this past year through working with Gerry. The success I am enjoying with Sara does a Solo is a direct reflection of the rich relationship we built. Gerry’s humour and generosity, his inventiveness and keen eye for detail, his love of directing and ability to respectfully challenge an artist in process, helped me find myself again as an artist. I’m honoured be part of the team.”- Sara Porter,
“As an associate artist, it has been great to see how ideas and relationships evolve. It has been exciting to see the conversation we’ve had grow into a living entity. Watching Gerry’s work, I have become stronger and more captivating as an artist.”- David Kraft,
“I first met Gerry while working with him as a student at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. His belief in generosity and curiosity as essential elements of both process and presentation greatly influenced my view on performance. Now I look forward to the evolution this relationship will bring as Vazari joins the team at lbs/sq”.”- Jessie Garon/VAZARI Dance
“Working with Gerry is profoundly inspirational, both personally and professionally. Without a doubt, my association with Gerry and the lbs/sq” team feels like an essential next step for my growth as a movement artist and educator. I am honored to be a part of this organization and excited to see what develops from this invaluable liaison.”- Lani Weissbach,