Through the vision of artistic director and founder Gerry Trentham, associate and collaborating artists, and producing team, lbs/sq” maps the human body, its desires, thoughts, languages, voices, imaginations, movements and potential. 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.
“…artistic risk justified by a thought – provoking experience.” – Susan Walker, The Toronto Star
“In Cathedral all humanity seems to gather…imaginative…epic…the result is uplifting…the various disciplines flow seamlessly together during the hour long piece…kaleidoscopic vision…an expert blend of actors and dancers who deliver dash, drama, humour and longing…” – Deirdre Kelly, Toronto’s Globe and Mail
“Gerry Trentham’s Fore – And – After highlights the fragile eloquence of dance…precarious dialogue is doubly communicative” – Rebecca Todd, Toronto’s Globe and Mail
“…Never mind on the verge, Gerry Trentham’s Fore – And – After makes a good rendition of a nervous breakdown in progress…” – Susan Walker, The Toronto Star
“…a thoughtful, self reflexive piece about the difficulties of making liminal art…It would be great to see it again.” – End of year review Rebecca Todd, Eye Magazine
“…Alberta born, former Dancemakers workhorse Gerry Trentham keeps pounding the pavement with his contemporary spectaculars.” – Forecast of those to watch, Daryl Jung, Toronto NOW Magazine
Gerry Trentham, Artistic Director
Gerry Trentham, Artistic Director of lbs/sq" performance has written, choreographed and directed over 40 works for the stage including the Dora nominated Four Mad Humours with live feed performances between the US and Canada and the game changing recently premiered performance/dialogue/visual installations Art of Peace: Invitation (2016) The Apology Project (2017), Trees- from the series the bush (2018) and Gravity of Decent (2019). He is presently filming four re-visioned Solos in the Dark as part of Pound’s 25th anniversary season on the newly launched PoundsART Channel.
Over three decades he has been internationally acclaimed for his performances of works by some of Canada's most celebrated choreographers and has received numerous Toronto Dora nominations/awards over a seven-year tenure with Serge Bennathan’s Dancemakers, with Claudia Moore’s Moonhorse and most recently as a cast and voice director of Denise Fujiwara's hit EUNOIA. His ten year association with Denise Fujiwara has pioneered new voice/Butoh practices that combine their artistry and training.
With an M.F.A. in Theatre and a Graduate Voice Teaching Diploma from York University, he has taught, choreographed, dialect/ speech coached and directed internationally and has, over the past 22 years researched voice and movement synthesis in performance with renowned core faculty at Canada’s National Voice Intensive. He has served as the Chair of the Dance Committee and a Director on the Board of Toronto Arts Council and through lbs/sq”’s Fulcrum Associate Project has mentored, been directorial advisor and co-produced many artists in Canada and the United States including most recently Sara Porter in her hit Sara Does a Solo and her new work Getting to Know your Fruit. His years of collaboration with Fulcrum established associate artist Diane Roberts has begun to build deep co-creation opportunities including the Art of Peace (part two): Arrivals dedicated to art created from their combined methodology that looks to question Eurocentric systems and practice.