Rock Bottom Movement (Toronto)


Friday, June 2, 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 12:00 PM

Exhibition Park, 81 London Rd W

Friday inclement weather location: Royal City Mission Church, 50 Quebec St

Saturday and Sunday inclement weather location: Old Quebec St Shoppes, 55 Wyndham St N

Image by Alyssa Martin

An excerpt of DINO featuring Rock Bottom Company dancers and pre-professional/emerging dance artists- the participants of the Guelph Dance Repertoire Intensive.


Shoving our concerns into the protective scales of dinosaur-esque personas, the dance is a saturated dive into a mesozoic dreamland. Together, we embrace the inevitability of an end and the mischievous possibilities of the unknown.


Alyssa Martin


Drew Berry, Brayden Jamil Cairns, Sam Grist, Stephanie Harkness and the participants of the Guelph Dance Repertoire Intensive: Teagan Ariss, Rachelle Ashmore, Heidi-Leigh Boileau, Jenica Boutilier, Minuet Charron, Clara Chemtov, Rhiannon Corrigan, Katie Couchie, Nadia Dardano, Averil Dubois, Nicole Faithfull, Kai Fitzpatrick, Jill Francis, Danika Geen, Chiara Ghizzardi, Maya Granic, Mackenzie Grantham, Julianna Greco, Estella Haensel, Zoƫ Harrington, Phoebe Harrington, Felicia Jackson, Jaelyn Jones, Shivani Joshi, Isabelle Lee, Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory, Shelby Nilsen, Sophie Oldford, Ying Shi Nan, Sahara Shwed, Derek Souvannavong, Annie Spence, Selina Tsai, Madelyn Wiedrick, Amy Williams, Bayley Wyatt


Jacob Vanderham AKA Telehorn


Rock Bottom Movement is an absurdist collaborative dance company founded by choreographer, Alyssa Martin. Based in Toronto, 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. Since 2012, the group has shared work at home in Toronto and abroad, creating collaboratively in residence at art centres including The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The Stratford Festival Lab, earning multiple awards and new friends.  The group imbues all that they do with a sense of fun and mischief, holding their audiences close to their hearts.


Alyssa Martin (she/her) is a choreographer and director based in Tkaronto. She uses  an absurdist approach to bake imaginative coping mechanisms into celebratory homemade spectacles. Bluring dance, theatre and comedy from an anti-patriarchal perspective, she founded a company called Rock Bottom Movement in 2012 alongside friends/collaborators. Their works play with irreverent winks at modern dance and have been shared in seasons and festivals ranging in size throughout the country and abroad. Outside of Rock Bottom, Alyssa has choreographed for Toronto Dance Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatreand in residence at arts centres including The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The National Ballet of Canada (CreativAction).


Big thanks to, Our supporters: Toronto Metropolitan University, The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction Open Space Programme and Toronto Arts Council. The festivals that grew us: Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal, Festival des Arts Saint Sauveur and National Ballet of Canada’s Sharing the Stage. The heart of this work: our 53 original student collaborators. DINO is ever infused with your beauty and laughter. 

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