Kelly Keenan is a Montreal based dance artist and teacher fascinated by the perceptive capacity of the body. This is reflected both her artistic and teaching practices. She has collaborated often with Kira Kirsch, Adam Kinner, Catherine Lavoie Marcus and more recently in projects with Katie Ward, Kevin O'Conner, Sara Hanley and Maria Kefirova.
This season Kelly has been working on a solo performance "Be Still and Know Me" which has been created in residence at the Banff Centre at The Art of Stillness Residency, Usine C as part of the Third Floor Projects and at the University of Calgary as a guest artist. Be Still and Know is a performance lecture or lecture demonstration on the artist's meditation on the relationship between stillness and movement. It will be presented in May 2017.
Kelly’s teaching is fundamentally about catching and chasing awareness as layers of complexity accumulate. She is devoted to creating a positive, physical and experimental context for movers to experience refinement, pleasure and empowerment through dance. Kelly teaches technique at Concordia University. She also teaches workshops in Montreal, further abroad in Canada and internationally for festivals and pre-professinal and professional dance institutions (as well as DIY workshops facilitated by the proactive grass-roots type!)
Kelly is noted for her contribution to the Axis Syllabus community as a contributing researcher, teacher and administrator from 2004-2015. She was the co-director of the North American Nomadic College 2013-15. Kelly has been on the Board of Directors of Studio 303 since 2012 and is currently President.