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Michael Trent

Michael Trent, dancer, choreographer and teacher, is the artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation, one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies and a hothouse for research and professional development. He is the co-recipient of the 2004 K. M. Hunter Artists Award in Dance and was nominated for a 2006 Dora Award for outstanding Performance for Louise Bedards’s Ce qu’il en reste.

Michael’s repertoire of over 20 works has been seen in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver, and includes commissions from Toronto Dance Theatre, most of Canada’s leading professional dance schools, and several independent artists. He founded the empty collective in 2000, a crucible for collaborative projects involving two or more media. The empty collective has presented two full evening programs, The Memory Show (2001) and invisible boarders (2004), with works by Trent, Sarah Chase, Laurence Lemieux, Louise Bedard, and Doug Varone.

A highly sought-after performer, Trent’s outstanding career includes eight seasons with Toronto Dance Theatre. He also has danced for some of Canada’s most respected creators including Louise Bedard, Sarah Chase, Sylvain Emard, Sasha Ivancochko, Laurence Lemieux, Jean-Pierre Perrault, Dominique Porte, and Julia Sasso. He teaches across Canada and has been a senior faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for over 12 years.

Michael’s piece on Mocean Dance is Mappa Mundi (2005).

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