Karen Guttman is based in Ottawa as a dancer/choreographer with Le Groupe Dance Lab, a contemporary dance company committed to the development of new, experimental work. Her choreography has been presented at Tangente and Studio 303 in Montreal, at Canada Dance Festival, Le Groupe Dance Lab, and Momentum Series in Ottawa, and the Fringe Festival of Independant Dance Artists in Toronto. She is recipient of the Brian Webb Choreographic Award (1997) and was featured as one of the New Urban Breed at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Winter 1999. Karen is a recipient of numerous interdisciplinary awards, including a Jumpstart Grant through SAW Video, Ottawa, a resident student artist award at La Bande vidéo in Québec City, and an installation grant from Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (F.A.V.A.). Her video entitled They Gave Up Their Pants for Love, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 10e Événement Interuniversitaire Création Vidéo (Montreal), was developed at Concordia University's Interdisciplinary Studies Program.