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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
In preparation for this November at the Fort designers Simon Rossiter – lights, Andjelija Djuric – costumes, Julia Aplin – music/sound, James Kendal – Tech direction/video and Gerry all met at Butler’s Pantry on Markham St. in Toronto — we look so forward to revealing what we are discovering. The Blue Barracks at the […]
The Apology Project is an interdisciplinary, binational collaboration between artists from Canada and the United States. Presented by lbs/sq” performance, The Apology Project was invited to share a preview installation at Silo City in Buffalo, NY in July 2015. Open to the elements and gradually succumbing to the inexorable forces of mother nature, these large, […]
Well, what can we say? Most of the time, with our extensive and exploratory creation periods, you get to hear about the next step of creation. So his may arrive as a bit of shock, but THE SHOWS ARE NOW ONLY DAYS AWAY! Don’t miss Bloom (Mar 8) and Double Bill (Mar 5-14), where […]
Do you bloom in winter? As an interdisciplinary artist (one who studies the deep traditions of a number of art forms then creates in a space of interchange between them), my training and research has, after three decades, begun to create the landscapes I have longed for. It has taken years of learning to negotiate […]
Finally. The last time we were all together for some research and development was over a year ago. Nothing much has changed; we are all still over-worked, under-rested, and thrilled to share space with one another in what will be our eventual performance space – the Blue Barracks – at the historic Fort York. We […]
A few thoughts as we launch our 2014-15 creation residency at Fort York for The Art of Peace Project: In his article ‘One Self: a Meditation on the Unity of Consciousness’, psychologist and evolutionist, Nicholas Humphrey, focuses on the infant as a central image for his discussion of consciousness. He witnesses his newborn’s ‘selves’ all […]
How long has it been? Too long! And yet, for me, the days and nights have continued to fly by as I have taken the past year to “re”-review, regenerate, and reinvigorate. Thanks for your continued patience and support! I am so thankful for the lessons and opportunities of the past year, including retraining and […]
Dear Friends First of all — a thank you — many of you have continued your annual support — we truly appreciate your gift. Lots of news. It a wild year and this is only March. After a delayed flight out, three planned workshops in Alberta were rescheduled but all went off successfully — the […]
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
“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 help sustain this significant part of my artistic life.”- Gerry Trentham,
“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,
“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,
Administration and Communication Associate
“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,
“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,
“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,