September 21–23, 2017


The Apology Project



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In association with Harbourfront Centre

“Shame and disgrace cause the most violent passions, and bitter pangs.”
– Mary Swan, The Boys in the Trees

Choreographer Gerry Trentham returns to the Harbourfront Centre stage with The Apology Project, performing the work alongside Kevin Ormsby. Set in a landscape of art works by Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff, projections by filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar, and lighting design by Simon Rossiter, The Apology Project interrogates the relationship between oppressor and oppressed, searching for the apology that releases a body from an endless legacy of violence.

Video by Jessa Agilo

Founded in 1995 and led by Artistic Director, Gerry Trentham, pounds per square inch performance (lbs/sq”) fosters contemporary creation and performance that reflects a trans-disciplinary, cultural/environmental consciousness. lbs/sq” projects are designed to connect artists through mutual interest in the transformative human body/mind as a primary source for artistic development and artistic excellence.  lbs/sq” performance has produced work internationally and this is their fourth production staged at Harbourfront Centre.

Gerry Trentham, Artistic Director
Gerry Trentham has written, choreographed and directed over 40 works for the stage including the Dora nominated Four Mad Humours. Over three decades he has performed the work of some of Canada’s most celebrated choreographers including seven years with Serge Bennathan’s six time Dora nominated/awarded Dancemakers and most recently as cast and voice director of Fujiwara’s Dora nominated Eunoia.

Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff, Mixed-media Artist (Clarion, Pennsylvania)
Kaersten creates mixed media three-dimensional artwork.  She received her MFA from Arizona State University and BFA from SUNY Purchase.  She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Foundation for Contemporary Art in Accra, Ghana, and at the Peruvian North American Cultural Center in Arequipa, Peru.  Her work reflects an interest in the social factors that shaped and determine class, race and identity within early Colonial American culture.

Kevin Ormsby Dancer/Choreographer (Toronto)
Kevin is Artistic Director of KasheDance and is the Ontario Arts Council’s KM Hunter Dance Award Nominee (2016), Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow (2015) and The Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch – Staunton Award 2014 recipient for outstanding achievement by a mid career artist. Kevin is an adjunct artist with the Dance Exchange (Washington D.C), was a company member of Garth Fagan Dance (NY), Ballet Creole’s Assistant to the Artistic Director and Marketing / Outreach Coordinator, and performed in works by Marie Josee Chartier, Allison Cummings, Ron K. Brown, Menaka Thakkur, Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones.

Diane Roberts, Associate Director/Dramaturg (Toronto)
Diane Roberts is an accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator, who has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for the past 30 years. Her directorial and dramaturgical work has been seen on stages across Canada and her reputation as a mentor, teacher and community collaborator is nationally and internationally recognized. Roberts’ celebrated Arrivals Legacy Process ( has birthed a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression.

Simon Rossiter, Lighting Designer (Toronto)
A Toronto-based designer, Simon has created more than two hundred original designs for theatre and dance, including works with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, National Ballet of Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and Toronto Dance Theatre. Lighting director of Fall for Dance North, and recipient of three Dora Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design.

Jesse Deganis-Librera, Projection Design and Photographer (New York)
Jesse joined work on the Apology Project in 2012 and has since been involved with projection design, video content, and documenting the project’s evolution. Jesse received his MFA in documentary filmmaking from The City College of New York in 2015 and currently works as a teacher, cinematographer and editor.