Choreographer – Market Dances – Force Field
Philip McDermott was born in St. John`s, Newfoundland and began training in dance at the age of four. He started his professional career working with local companies such as TADA Productions, Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation, and Neighbourhood Dance Works.
He attended the School of Toronto Dance Theatre from 2014-2017, where he danced in repertory works by Massimo Agostinelli, Kate Alton, Paul-André Fortier, Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin, Danny Grossman, Allen Kaeja, James Kudelka, Sharon B. Moore, Julia Sasso and Darryl Tracy. While still in his first year at the School, Philip performed in Sharon B. Moore’s Dora nominated commissioned work for the Pan Am Games, A Thirst for Love & Water. In his second year, Philip appeared in Apolonia Velasquez’s work, Unmoored, at Dance Ontario Weekend. He continued his education in Montreal 2018 under a mentorship with Paul André Fortier in and as a guest student at Nederlands Dans Theater.
Philip’s stage credits include James Kudelka’s classic work,15 Heterosexual Duets (Fall for Dance North – Toronto and Live Art Dance – Halifax); Laurence Lemieux’s Dora nominated Jusqu`a Vimy; Patricia Beatty’s Radical Light (Toronto Heritage Dance), and Danny Grossman’s 9 McAllister Street. He has also appeared in works by Paul-André Fortier, David Earle and Peter Randazzo.
Philip is the youngest participant in the Newfoundland and Labrador Dance Project, a three year process featuring choreography by Christopher House, opening in St. John’s and Toronto in autumn 2021. Currently, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Arts NL, he is creating a new solo work, Bigthingsmallthings, in collaboration with choreographer Lois Brown and visual artist Ned Pratt, both from Newfoundland.
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