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DINO Repertoire Intensive with Rock Bottom Movement

Guelph Dance is thrilled to present an exciting Repertoire Intensive with Rock Bottom Movement. During this week-long intensive that takes place in both Toronto and Guelph, participants will learn an excerpt from Alyssa Martin’s exhilarating contemporary dance theatre work DINO, and perform alongside Rock Bottom company dancers at the 2023 Guelph Dance Festival as part of the ‘In the Park’ Series at Exhibition Park. We’re looking forward to bringing together pre-professional and emerging dance artists from Guelph, Toronto and surrounding areas to collaborate with Rock Bottom through a playfully intensive physical and theatrical process culminating with the performance of a reimagined excerpt of DINO. Participants will learn the excerpt choreography during three rehearsals taking place at TMU, then will perform three times at the Guelph Dance Festival.

We are overjoyed to have over 40 emerging artists participating in this project: Teagan Ariss, Rachelle Ashmore, Heidi-Leigh Boileau, Kelsey Bonvie, Jenica Boutilier, Minuet Charron, Clara Chemtov, Andrew Clifton, Rhiannon Corrigan, Katie Couchie, Nadia Dardano, Averil Dubois, Emily Duckett, Nicole Faithfull, Kai Fitzpatrick, Jill Francis, Danika Geen, Chiara Ghizzardi, Maya Granic, Mackenzie Grantham, Julianna Greco, Estella Haensel, Zoë Harrington, Phoebe Harrington, Felicia Jackson, Jaelyn Jones, Shivani Joshi, Isabelle Lee, Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory, Shelby Nilsen, Sophie Oldford, Camille Scully, Ying Shi Nan, Sahara Shwed, Derek Souvannavong, Annie Spence, Selina Tsai, Norah Wardell, Emily Weaver, Madelyn Wiedrick, Amy Williams, Bayley Wyatt

Thank you to Performance at the Creative School of Toronto Metropolitan University for sponsoring the rehearsal space for this project!

About DINO 

DINO is a dance, and a spectacle made from ferocious play with a dramatic claw to the heart and a tickle in the brain. Using the thick, scaly exterior of its Mesozoic inspirations as a guise, DINO boldly dances toward an all-too-familiar end. Fuelled by a bubbling electronic score by composer Telehorn, the dance blends contemporary movement and theatre as it moves through waves of anxiety, asteroids, ruin, regrowth, love, longevity and pigeons.

About Rock Bottom Movement

Rock Bottom Movement is a collaborative absurdist dance company founded and led by choreographer, Alyssa Martin. Based in Tkaronto, the group has spent the last decade helping to blur the distinctions of dance and theatre launching irreverently and joyfully from their shared modern dance training. Initially founded as a busking company in 2012, the group has since grown to share work for stage and film at home and abroad including their most notable works hollow mountain, Dolphin, fantasylover, String Quartet No. 14 in G Major and MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS. They’ve created many of their works collaboratively in residence at art centres including The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The Stratford Festival Lab. The group has earned multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards and the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. They recently shared their newest dance theatre piece, DINO with many new audiences across Canada, after a collaborative creation residence with students at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Performance Dance Program. They look forward to premiering their new dance/play, Sex Dalmatian, in both Public Energy & Citadel et Compagnie’s 2023 seasons. They approach all that they do  with high-energy mischief, functional friendship and deep consideration for the audiences who come to play.  You can read more at

The Deadline for registration has passed.

Dates, times, and locations: 

Monday, May 29th11:30AM-5:30PM Toronto, ON
Tuesday, May 30th11:30AM-5:30PM Toronto, ON
Wednesday, May 31st11:30AM-5:30PM Toronto, ON
Friday, June 2nd11AM-2:30PM Park Rehearsal
3:45-5:30PM Tech
7:00PM Performance 
Guelph, ON
Saturday, June 3rd12:00PM Performance Guelph, ON
Sunday, June 4th12:00PM PerformanceGuelph, ON
Rehearsals in Toronto will take place at 366 Adelaide Street East, unit 120; Rehearsals and Performances in Guelph will take place at Exhibition Park (rain location TBD).

There is no charge for participation in this intensive. Participants are required to make their way to Toronto for rehearsals and to Guelph for performances, if you require support in travelling to and from Toronto or Guelph, please let us know at [email protected].

Guelph Dance will do its best to accommodate participants who are coming from out of town during the festival by providing a billet. If you are interested in being billeted during the weekend of the festival, let us know at [email protected].

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