Karen Fennell is a contemporary dance artist originally from Newfoundland and now based in Montreal. Driven by a passion for movement, a love of performing, and a fascination with the human condition, she has pursued a double-career in interpretation and choreography since graduating from the Contemporary Dance Program at Concordia University in 2007 (BFA). As a dancer, she has had the privilege of working on a diversity of projects with choreographers Dana Gingras, Marie Brassard, Sasha Kleinplatz, Susanna Hood, Maria Kefirova, Erin Flynn, Eroca Nicols, Allison Nichol, and Peter Trosztmer, among others. As a choreographer, her own short works have been presented on a variety of stages in Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax. From 2013-2015 she collaborated regularly with musician Jackie Gallant, and their interdisciplinary co-creations were presented in Montreal (Tangente, POP Montreal, Phenomena Festival, Edgy Redux, Short & Sweet), and in Toronto at the 2015 Rhubarb Festival. With an increasing interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration, 2015 also saw Karen working as a performer with visual artists Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau (Seripop), a collaboration that she looks forward to continuing this year. In addition to her work as a choreographer and dancer, Karen also produces and hosts the open performance night ‘So You Think That Was Dance?’ (an ‘open mic’ for contemporary dance), and is a certified instructor of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods.