A first sharing of a new full-length absurd dance theatre work from Rock Bottom Movement. "fantasylover" will be a feminist form of confessional non fiction concerning four women entangled in fantasies of unrequited love.

60 Minutes

Saturday June 16th at 7:30pm and Sunday June 17th at 1:30pm

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Alyssa Martin is a Toronto-based choreographer and performance maker. She is the Artistic Director of Rock Bottom Movement, a dance theatre company she founded in 2012 as a home for her work. Her most recent full-length choreographic works include: “string quartet no. 14 in g major” (DanceWorks CoWorks), “Dolphin” (Dance Ontario and SummerWorks Performance Festival) and “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” (Dance Ontario, Center for Performance Research and Next Stage Theatre Festival). She has researched in residency with Toronto Dance Theatre, adelheid dance and Ryerson School of Performance. She most recently choreographed Tarragon Theatre’s “Girls Like That” under the direction of Esther Jun. Alyssa is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Dance Program where she now works as a guest choreographer and instructor in the theatre department.  Awards include a Dora Award Nomination for “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS,” the DanceOntario Creative Partnership Commission and runner ups for Canadian Stage Award for Direction and SummerWorks Prize for Production at SummerWorks 2017.

Alyssa Martin

Drew Berry is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary performance artist. Her mediums include dance, theatre, film and classical piano. Drew is a regular collaborator with Rock Bottom Movement, where she most recently performed in “String Quartet No.14 in G Major.” She has also performed with the company in Dolphin at SummerWorks Performance Festival and “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” at the Center Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to working with Rock Bottom Movement, Drew collaborates as a performer with urban contemporary dance company, Alias Dance Project. This summer she performed in the premiere of “The Way We Are” at Dance Made in Canada Festival and a site specific work, “Animating Historic Spaces”, at Todmorden Mills. Drew has also worked with Jaberi Dance Theatre, Hit & Run Dance Productions, Opera 5 and Nostos Collectives Dance Association. A graduate from Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Drew has her BFA (Honors) from Ryerson University. 

Drew Berry

Samantha Grist is a Toronto based dancer. Since receiving her BFA in Dance from Ryerson University (2013), Samantha has performed works by choreographers including David Earle, Hanna Kiel, Shannon Litzenberger, Susie Burpee, Julia Aplin, Niko Markakis, Jenny-Anne McCowan, Jennifer Nichols, and Anisa Tejpar. Samantha has also had the opportunity to study with artist such as Dina Gringas, Sasha Ivanochko, Allen Kaeja, Eric Beauchesne of Kidd Pivot, Luc Dunberry of Sasha Waltz and Guests and at Vienna’s renowned contemporary dance festival, ImpulsTanz. Samantha has worked with Alyssa Martin and Rock Bottom Movement since 2012 having collaborated as a dance artist on over seventeen of her works. She has been a guest teacher with Rock Bottom Movement, View Dance Convention, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Etobicoke School of the Arts and Ryerson University.

Samantha Grist

David Bernstein is a director, writer, dramaturg and teacher currently based in Toronto. Most recently, his evening-length performance “Nashville Stories” was presented during Toronto’s Summerworks Festival in August 2017. Previous work includes “GURU” (created with Jaime Wright), presented in September 2016 during Movement Research at Judson Church in New York and “Cherry Corsage,” which was performed at The Citadel Theatre, Toronto in August 2015. With Rock Bottom Movement he has collaborated on the creation of “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” and “string quartet no. 14 in G major”  for which he also wrote the script. Earlier work includes “Too Many Lenas 3: Let Them Eat Cake,” created with Jaime Wright and presented at Ars Nova and the New Ohio Theatre in New York  in 2014. He has been a guest teaching artist with The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Rock Bottom Movement, and Conteur Dance. 

David Bernstein

Mary-Dora is a Toronto based dance and film artist, originally from London Ontario. She holds a BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Mary-Dora has been working as a dance artist for the past 4 years. She has collaborated both locally and abroad with companies such as Kaeja d'Dance, DanceTheatre David Earle, Typecast Dance Company, Ismael Ivo, and FAWN Opera. She has been working consistently with Rock Bottom Movement. Mary-Dora has also performed in many festivals throughout North and South America, America, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Performance credits include Dance Ontario (CAN), Women in Dance (USA), SESC & Department of Design State of Culture Sao Paulo (BRA), and ImPulsTanz (AUT) to name a few. Mary-Dora’s short film “ARENA,” launched its Canadian Premiere at the New Blue: Festival of Dance. Her work received its European Premiere this October 2016 at WIPE international film festival in Berlin.

Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen

Natasha Poon Woo trained at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Codarts, and SUNY Purchase (BFA '12). She has worked with Conny Janssen Danst, Kevin Wynn Collection, Benjamin Landsberg, Gadfly, and Little Pear Garden, among others. She is currently Rehearsal Director for both CCDT and Human Body Expression, and a freelance performer and dance teacher. Natasha is currently Company Rehearsal Director at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, where she also teaches classes in Limón modern technique. Through her ongoing experiences, Natasha strives to cultivate and foster her love for creation, performance, teaching, and exploring all things related to dance, movement and the arts.

Natasha Poon Woo

Sydney Herauf is a queer, feminist multi-disciplinary artist from Calgary. Sydney is a trained musician and lyricist with over ten years of classical vocal training. She has fronted multiple bands  and created an extensive library of original music fusing pop, jazz and soul. Sydney was a finalist for Nightswimming’s “5x25” commission project for emerging artists, as well as a finalist for Tarragon’s Young Playwrights program. She has written several full length plays and short films. In 2016 she worked with Pencil Kit Productions as a collective creator/advisor on the project “Shadow Girls” (2017 Rhubarb Festival). In 2017, Sydney curated Pencil Kit Productions’ first ever all female collective creation workshop. This October, she made her first full length directorial debut with the Canadian premiere of Jack Thorne’s “When You Cure Me.”

Sydney Herauf - Composer