Troy is Blackfoot from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He is a graduate from the University of Lethbridge, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts. He attended the Masters program in Dance at York University in Toronto, ON.
Troy is a performer, choreographer, and writer who works in dance and theatre as an educator and artist. He has worked extensively with musician composer Olivia Tailfeathers on projects including Iitaohkanaop’pi: The Meeting Place, a joint venture with the Lethbridge Symphony, the University of Lethbridge, Education, Music, Art, Theatre departments and the Blackfoot Community. For the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto, he has choreographed, A Series of Savage Events: A Love Story, Forgive Those Who Trespass, Jumping Mouse, Warriors: A Dedication, Girl Who Loved Her Horses (2013), White Buffalo Calf Woman where he is also on faculty. He has also done work with the Vancouver company: Battery Opera, developing material for Spektator. His work opened the gala evening in collaboration with Edmonton singers Asani, for the 1st Alberta Arts Days with visual artist Tannis Neilson and dancers Byron Chief Moon and Cason McBride, 2008. His work with Tannis titled Static debuted as a solo piece at the Box Salon in Toronto 2007.
He has recently remounted the work as part of the Glenbow Museum’s Bares All event and Artstage II for the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge. Troy has created a duet with Toronto choreographer Terrill Maguire and composers’ Olivia Tailfeathers and Marsha Coffey titled Pulse, which premiered December 2007 in Toronto. He has also worked on the film documentary Byron Chief Moon: Grey Horse Rider and the BravoFACT Butte, both with Mouvement Perpetuel from Montreal. His work has been presented at the Banff Centre, Margaret Greenham Theatre; Harbourfront. Roots: Remix Festival; World Dance Alliance; Calgary Aboriginal Arts Awareness Society; One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo; Centre National de la Danse, Paris, France; Series 8:08, Toronto, Ontario; Dance Commandos and Prismatic Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Studio 303, Montreal, Quebec; Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver, B.C. and Alberta Aboriginal Arts at the Expanse Movement Festival, Edmonton, Alberta.
He did a residency with a group of youth at the Banff Centre entitled Shifting Currents: Finding Balance. This work was presented at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Sudbury, Ontario July 2009. Troy has presented his research and writings for the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society of Dance History Scholars in Banff, Montreal, Paris, Calgary and of recent Seattle, Washington in a collaborative presentation for the American Society of Theatre Research, American Library Association and CORD. The presentation titled Performing Negotiations: Blackfoot Dance Spectacle, the Colony and Multiculturalism Canada 1860 -2010, was a five year project that involved elders, youth and community members of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Southern, Alberta.
Currently Troy has just finished touring nationally with a new work They Shoot Buffalo, Don’t They? commissioned by Alberta Aboriginal Arts and is creating a solo Theatre/Dance Hybrid work called Dancing the Universe in Flux. He completed working phase I to the premiere of Making Treaty 7 in residence at the Banff Centre to Heritage Park and the Bella Concert Hall in Calgary initially as part of Calgary 2012, Cultural Capital of Canada, this work has become a legacy project and premiered at Heritage Calgary to coincide with it’s 50th Anniversary in 2014. He has debuted a new solo for a young dancer in a work called Iitahpoyii for Older and Younger and Reckless Together in May 2014. It has since played at the Talking Stick Festival February 2015, Dance Made in Canada Festival in August 2015 and in Calgary for the Fluid Festival 2015. Troy is currently directing a project with MT7/Quest Theatre that is set to premiere in 2017.