Solos in the Dark

1) From Gravity of Decent (1995)

Gravity of Descent investigates loss in a slow-moving, quiet-sounding unwind of a long dress train/bundle across the length of the stage.  Originally created on Susanna Hood and Gary Tai in 1995, Gravity of Descent will be remounted on performers

Sylvie Bouchard and Learie McNicolls,


2) From Autobiography: Chapters One through Five (2003)

Chapter 2 – The Street was originally performed as a solo by Trentham and later a duet featuring Bonnie Kim and Michael Trent in the full-length work presented by DanceWorks at the then Premiere Dance Theatre. This powerful section of the work deals with a moment of transgression – the loss of sexual innocence and gay transgression in a move to the big city, (dreams vs realities). The text and movement created by Trentham and imagery by video artist Jamie O’Neil to a live solo electric guitar are at times darkly funny and deeply disruptive. Trentham will remount/recreate the solo on dancer Kevin Ormsby who has made a request to begin to learn some of Trentham’s solo work.


3) From Four Mad Humours (2011)

Trentham will remount the acclaimed solo Yellow Scale from the Dora nominated Four Mad Humours (2011). Originally part of four 40-minute solos connected through real time media in four cities, this solo pushes the performer to the edge of sanity, the choleric (fiery) humour and challenges stereotypes related to losing one’s mind. In discussions with his mentor and collaborator Denise Fujiwara, she referred to this solo as a master work and encouraged him to remount the solo. We recently confirmed a partnership with Associate Artist Lani Weissbach and No Exit Theatre in Indianapolis to present Yellow Scale in November 2018.

4) From Art of Peace: Part One – Invitation (2016)

Although a number of solos stand out in this work, one in particular offered a window in the darkness of war. Michael Caldwell performs Monument on the small space on top of a table to a striking composition by dancer/composer Julia Aplin. This disturbing solo, which completed the hour-long Part One – Invitation, inspired revealing dialogue in the following audience discussions.


The four works will culminate in a full evening performance premiering in Toronto in 2020.

In Solos in the Dark, Trentham will remount four of his most artistically compelling solos. each deeply constructed out of the darkness of loss.