Trebien Pollard is an assistant professor of Dance + Choreography at VCU. He received training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and from a number of gifted teachers and choreographers. Pollard has performed with many dance companies, including RIOULT, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Bebe Miller Company, Urban Bush Women and Pilobolus. He appeared in the jazz musical opera, “The Hang” by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray. As a choreographer, Pollard has choreographed and toured with RASA recording artist “Nomad” and choreographed for director William “Electric” Black’s “The Hamlet Project,” “The Damned: A Rock Musical” and “Frankenstein: The Rock Musical.” He performed and co-choreographed with MacArthur Fellow, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar the opera, “The Ritual of Breath is the Rite to Resist” by Jonathan Berger and Vievee Francis. Trebien appeared in the feature film “Ghostlight,” starring Richard Move as “Martha Graham.” Pollard has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Queens College, Adelphi University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Goucher College, Middlebury College, Montclair State University, Marymount Manhattan College, University at Buffalo and Dartmouth College, as well as a licensed certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer. He earned his MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and his BS in mathematics education from Florida A&M University.
The objective of Trebien’s research is to investigate the poetics of being. Trebien is interested the role aesthetics plays on the translation and understanding of form. More specifically, Pollard is interested in integrating methods of interdisciplinary design with performance practices to create work that accounts for aesthetic impressions and their impact on forms of representation and identity.