Born and raised in Guelph ON, Drew Berry is a Toronto/Guelph-based multidisciplinary performance artist and teacher. Her mediums include dance, theatre, photography, videography, and classical piano. In 2016, Drew joined Rock Bottom Movement and since has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, Canada’s National Ballet Open Space Program, and Toronto Dance Theatre as well as performing in five full-length works. Her most recent production with Rock Bottom Movement, hollow mountain, was awarded two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Drew works with Kaeja d’Dance as a dancer, marketing & development assistant, photographer/videographer and over the last 3 years has been working closely with Karen Kaeja as a scribe, documenting her latest project set to premiere in 2022. Other collaborators include: Jaberi Dance Theatre, Frog in Hand, Emma Kerson, Nico Al Ajillio, Irma Villafuerte, Kate Hilliard, and Alias Dance Project. Drew is on faculty at Centennial College teaching Ballet and Choreography. A graduate from Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s post-graduate program, Drew holds her BFA (Honours) from the Performance Dance program at Ryerson University. Drew is currently an Artist in Residence with Guelph Dance for the 2020/2021 season.
The Guelph Dance Artistic Residency program offers artists the opportunity to spend time focusing on the creation of new work. We encourage projects that seek innovation and artistic excellence as well as projects that look to engage with community members and amateur artists.
Drew Berry has been working on Portraiture, a dance film, since the beginning of the pandemic. This is a compilation of test footage created prior to the full artistic residency incubation. The final film will be presented at the 22nd Guelph Dance Festival online June 4-6th. Guelph Dance is excited to share a glimpse into her process for Hillside Inside.