SHaun Keylock, Artistic Director
Shaun Keylock is an award-winning choreographer, director, teacher and dancer based in Portland, Oregon. He founded Shaun Keylock Company in 2018 as a framework for his ongoing interests in fields both beyond and in dialogue with dance.
Keylock's movement research is rooted in contemporary performance that is at once both technically sound and radically subversive, often exploring the many facets of LGBT and queer identity. Oregon ArtsWatch has noted Keylock’s “bold movement and delicate intimacy.” His choreography has been presented at ACDA Northwest, Columbia Dance, Regional Dance America, BodyVox/JAG, and New Expressive Works.
Keylock has also taught workshops and master classes throughout Oregon and Washington and has served as a guest teacher and faculty member at several universities and schools, including Pacific University, the University of Oregon, The Portland Ballet, NW Dance Project, Columbia Dance, and BodyVox Dance Center.
Keylock was the recipient of a 2018 Artist Residency at New Expressive Works, where he created and premiered his first full-length work, Calamus. Most recently, Keylock was awarded the White Bird 2019 Barney Creative Prize to support the creation of a new evening-length work to premiere in January 2021.
Presently, Keylock continues to create compelling, original works with his company of dancers in Portland as well as teach both emerging and professional dance artists through his unique approach to choreography and dance making.