Shaun Keylock Company is a platform for contemporary dance and performance dedicated to new movement research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Founded by choreographer Shaun Keylock as a framework for his ongoing interest in fields both beyond and in dialogue with dance, the company creates unique works of contemporary performance that are at once both technically sound and radically subversive, often exploring the many facets of LGBT and queer identity.
The company connects audiences to contemporary dance and performance through various productions, public programs, workshops, and exhibitions. In addition, the company also provides direct support to both emerging and established artists by providing a collaborative platform for ongoing movement research and performance studies, further enriching the arts ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest.
Eli Bauer is grateful to Shaun Keylock Company for the opportunity to revisit the joy of performing. Raised in Vancouver Washington, he joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.
Liane Burns has performed with companies FACT/SF and detour dance in San Francisco. After receiving her degree in dance from Chapman University, she completed a year of studies in Jerusalem, Israel, where she apprenticed with Amir Kolben Dance Company. As a dancer, Liane has performed and created work across the West Coast, Europe, and the Middle East. She joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.
Jesus Contreras trained at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, Oregon. Pursuing his interest in dance, he attended Pacific University where he received his degree in dance and business administration under the direction of Jennifer Camp. Jesus is a full-time employee with Atlantic Forest Products as the Director of Truck Dispatch of the SYP Group. He joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.
Alexander Dones is an artist and arts advocate. As a freelance performer, he has worked with Doug Elkins Choreography, etc., MOMIX, NW Dance Project, Chase Brock, and Luna Negra Dance Theatre. In 2018, Alexander became certified with YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) and is currently one of the organization’s ambassadors and volunteers. He joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2019.
Kristalyn Gill graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She has danced in original works by Menghan Lou, Kristen Céré, Mark Haim, and Kanon Sapp, as well as performed the repertory of William Forsythe, Roni Koresh, Anton Lachy, and Arthur Pita. As a choreographer, Kristalyn’s work has been shown in Portland, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and New York City. She joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.
Jillian Hobbs graduated from SUNY Purchase College in New York City. In 2013, she was selected to study at the Amsterdam School of the Arts in the Netherlands, training in the movement research of Ohad Naharin, Anouk van Dijk, and William Forsythe. Jillian has performed with Sidra Bell Dance New York, The Holding Project, WolfBird Dance, and Katie Sherman + Artists. She joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.
Casey Holzman studied dance with Susan Sorensen at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy in Hood River, Oregon before moving to Portland in 2017. They have since continued their training with NW Dance Project and 11: Dance Co. As a proud voguer, Casey has performed with The House of Ada under their mentors Daniel Girón and Paula Metzler. They joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.
Trevor Wilde is a graduate in modern dance from the University of Utah. He has performed with Wasatch Contemporary Dance and the Polaris Dance Theatre. In addition to performance, Trevor’s work has been presented by Pacific University, the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work in Portland, and MADCO2 in St. Louis. He joined Shaun Keylock Company in 2018.