Ever wonder why it is called the 605 Collective – Lisa Gelley answers the question

Lisa Gelley by David Cooper
Lisa Gelley by David Cooper

What is your favourite city to visit on tour? 

We just got back from performing in New York, and I think that will probably always be up there with my favorite cities to visit on tour. But, I like any city that I’m visiting for the first time. The great thing about touring is getting to discover places you wouldn’t otherwise visit. For example, this tour, we get to perform in Summerside, PEI. I’ve never been to PEI, so I’m really excited about that. 

Why is your company called the 605 Collective? 

Before 605 Collective was a company, we were just a group of peers getting together to train as a form of professional development and an outlet for creative experiments. We met in a work/live studio that Josh and I lived in, and it was Apartment #605. For our first small performance, we were asked what the name of our group was over the phone, and without too much thought, we decided to be 605 Collective, and it stuck. 

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

My first lessons were in ballet at the age of 5. 

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

If I weren’t a dance artist, I would like to work with other peoples’ bodies in a more human form, ideally an osteopath and naturopath combo. I’m interested in and inspired by the power our bodies have to heal ourselves with guidance from professionals. 

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

My ideal pre-show meal is fairly bland and easy to digest. I am a fan of avocado on toast, or a piece of salmon and some greens. After the show, I’ll go for pretty much anything. New Animal in particular is one of those shows that I need to eat right after. Something about the lemons we eat in New Animal gets my digestive system going!

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Letting your inner animal escape.

This interview has been edited for length and content.