69 seconds with … choreographer Michael Trent

Spend 69 seconds with Michael Trent, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Toronto’s Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation, currently in Vancouver as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance.

01Your first job.
Box Office attendant, National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

02The job you wanted as a child.
Dentist.

03One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Smarty-pants.

04Your hero.
My partner, Kirk.

05Your biggest indulgence.
Chocolate.

06One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).
Even as an atheist, I like to watch religious music shows on TV … the voices can be amazing.

07Complete this sentence: I first kissed a boy …
… named Barry while working on a semi-professional version of Guys and Dolls in 1980.

08The one thing you are most proud of.
Thriving as an artist in Canada.

09 The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Kirk, chocolate and, if it’s OK with Kirk, Barry.

10The one thing you always must do when visiting Vancouver.
Wreck Beach.

MEET michael trent

Michael Trent

Michael Trent is the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Toronto’s Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation, one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies and a centre for research and development in new dance practices. The organization’s creations, presenting and professional development projects are contemporary, cross-disciplinary and collaborative in nature.

Trent was appointed Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation in August 2006. Trent has garnered national recognition as a choreographer, dancer and teacher in a career spanning over twenty years. He is the co-recipient of the 2004 K.M. Hunter Award in dance, presented to Ontario-based artists who are making an impact in their field. Trent was nominated for a 2006 Dora Award for best performance in Louise Bédard’s Ce qu’il en reste.

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