Shaun Keylock Company

Shaun Keylock is a performance-based artist born and raised in Portland, Oregon. More information on dance performances, classes, and creative research found here.



A Small Pleasure

A Small Pleasure explores the intimate correspondence between women during the Second World War.

Drawing inspiration from real letters written by women during the war, this work is a reflection on love, intimacy, and resilience in times of bitter conflict and political contention.

Duration: 10 minutes
Performers: 2
Premiere: 2019, New Expressive Works
Choreography and Direction: Shaun Keylock
Lighting Design: Jenessa Raabe
Sound Design: Evan Swope



Duration: 30 minutes
Performers: 5
Premiere: 2018, New Expressive Works
Choreography and Direction: Shaun Keylock
Lighting Design: Robin Greenwood
Sound Design: Evan Swope

" The dependence of Liberty shall be lovers,
The continuance of Equality shall be comrades. "

Inspired by text of Walt Whitman and the oral histories of members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an American economic program that put men back to work conserving public land in 1933, Calamus is a portrait of intimate friendships between young men. 

An exploration of Whitman’s original self-censored texts Live Oak with Moss and Children of Adam, Calamus considers the subversive nature of same-sex comradeship among male youth.

The work features original text by Whitman and a commissioned score by Evan Swope (Seattle).

Calamus was created in collaboration with an all-male cast in part during a creative development residency at New Expressive Works.



Duration: 5 minutes
Performers: 2
Premiere: 2017, New Expressive Works
Choreography and Direction: Shaun Keylock

A duet for two male dancers, Two Boys (4x4) introduces a blatantly homoerotic moment to public spaces, where scenes of heterosexual desire are typically dominant.

Two Boys (4x4) was commissioned by Mike Barber and Subashini Ganesan for Ten Tiny Dances, an accessible performance experience for diverse audiences in confined space.


Same, but different

Driven by questions of binary digression, Same, But Different examines the nature of unspoken social constructions and their effect on the individual.

A reflection on the queer experience, Same, But Different functions as a commentary on dominance and repudiation of individual differences by addressing current issues of morality, as well as the awareness, closeting, and denial of sexual intimacy.

Duration: 12 minutes
Performers: 6
Premiere: 2014, Pacific University
Choreography and Direction: Shaun Keylock
Lighting Design: Tal Sanders