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past
works

A selection of past creations by

Rock Bottom Movement's Artistic Director Alyssa Martin

MANIA

A play on Ira Glass' pep-talk video for emerging artists.

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The first iteration of MANIA was created for The Garage Collective, set on 14 dancers from the Toronto community for a showing at 509 DANCE.

A second, 6-minute excerpted version was performed at the Ray D-Ance Gala in Toronto, curated by Samantha Raymond.

The final version of MANIA, a 12-minute trio, was presented at the Women in Dance Leadership Conference at the Manship Theatre (Shaw Center for the Arts) in Louisiana, October 2015.

MANIA

Premiere: 2014

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Josh Doig, Samantha Grist

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin 

Music & Text: Simon & Garfunkel, Lucky Dragons, Alexandre Desplat, Ira Glass, Wayne Newton 

Previous Performers: Sierra Chin-Sawdy, Caryn Chappel, Marlowe Porter, Tara Pillon, Corrado Cerruto, Kim Chin, Amanda Pye, Cassandra Wiesner, Steven Smith, Katrina Grogan-Kalnuk, Jessica Ford, Justine Comfort 

 

crushed

A dance-punk-rock physical mind map tethered solely to the word "crush", with characterizations inspired by the performing persona of David Byrne.

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Created for 18 dance students of X University's School of Performance and presented as part of X Choreographic Lab, October 2015.

CRUSHED

Premiere: October 2015

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performers: Drew Berry, Eva Connelly-Miller, Marina DiPelino, PJ Elisha, Lindsay Fell, Zoe Kenneally, Claudia Marjanovic, Adrienne Metivier, Mary Paterson, Mary Patsiatzis, Carley Stastny, Dezjuan Thomas, Morgan Timberg, JC Vaughan, Preston Wilder, Shaylin Williams, Hayley Wilton, Karly Zizek

Dramaturg: David Bernstein 

Music & Text: Talking Heads, David Byrne, The Tom Tom Club, Le Tigre, Antonio Vivaldi, Wikipedia  

 

TYRANNOUS PROCESSES

(a period piece)

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Premiered at SpringWorks Festival at Factory 163 in Stratford, ON, May 2015.

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's DO IT YOURSELF (The Musical), a mixed bill of short works performed at the Dancemakers Centre for Creation in Toronto, ON, July 2015.

Tyrannous Processes (a period piece)

Premiere: May 2015

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Taylor Hunt and Natasha Poon Woo 

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin  

Lighting Design: Brianne Gwartz and Connor Delaney  

Stage Management: Christopher Brackett, Brianne Gwartz and Connor Delaney

Music: Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Spandau Ballet, New Order, Helen Reddy, Michael Sambello, Queen

 

SCHWIMMER'S LITTLE WITCH

An ode to ominous spells + the magick-obsessed days of our youth.

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Presented as part of Rock Bottom's DO IT YOURSELF (The Musical), a mixed bill of short works performed at the Dancemakers Centre for Creation in Toronto, ON, July 2015.

Schwimmer's Little Witch

Premiere: July 2015

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performer: Samantha Grist 

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin  

Lighting Design: Alyssa Martin & Christopher Brackett  

Stage Managemer: Christopher Brackett 

Music: Third Eye Blind, Christina Aguilera, TNGHT, Mariah Carey, Al Green, Becky G, Massive Attack

 

david does a dance.

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's DO IT YOURSELF (The Musical), a mixed bill of short works performed at the Dancemakers Centre for Creation in Toronto, ON, July 2015.

David does a dance.

Premiere: July 2015

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performer: David Bernstein 

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin  

Lighting Design: Alyssa Martin & Christopher Brackett  

Stage Management: Christopher Brackett 

Music: M.O.P., Wayne McGregor (TED Talk 2012), Janet Jackson

 

generation a

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Premiered at New Voices Festival 2013 at X Theatre in Toronto, ON.

 

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's DO IT YOURSELF (The Musical), a mixed bill of short works performed at the Dancemakers Centre for Creation in Toronto, ON, July 2015.

Generation A

Premiere: 2013

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Julia Cosentino, Samantha Grist, Taylor Hunt, Peter Kelly, Natasha Poon Woo

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin

Props: Vanessa Kwok 

Lighting Design: Sally Roberts   

Stage Management: Christopher Brackett and Caitlyn Albanese 

Music & Text: ​The Wombats, Missy Elliott, Talking Heads, Nine Inch Nails, Lucky Dragons, CocoRosie, The Beach Boys, Douglas Coupland & Jonathan Burrows

Original Cast Dancers: Corrado Cerruto, Francesca Chudnoff, Justin De Bernardi, Samantha Grist, Liv Herman, and Adrienne Lispon

 

burst

Premiered at the 2014 GMD Fundraiser at 509 DANCE in Toronto, ON.

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's MOCKTALES, a mixed bill showing of 4 short works performed at Yogathletix in Toronto, ON.

Burst

Premiere: 2014

Choreography: Alyssa Martin 

Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Samantha Grist, Taylor Hunt and Alyssa Martin

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin  

Stage Management: Andrea Baggs

Music: Barbara Streisand 

 

art

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Premiered at DanceMatters Risky Business & Rebel Yells at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Toronto, ON.

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's MOCKTALES, a mixed bill showing of 4 short works performed at Yogathletix in Toronto, ON.

art

Premiere: 2014

Created by Alyssa Martin with Alanna Bale

Performers: Alanna Bale, Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Julia Cosentino, Samantha Grist, Taylor Hunt 

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin  

Stage Management: Andrea Baggs 

Music: Senking 

Text: Alyssa Martin and Alanna Bale

 

Epic scenario

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's MOCKTALES, a mixed bill showing of 4 short works performed at Yogathletix in Toronto, ON.

Epic Scenario

Premiere: 2014

Choreography: Alyssa Martin

Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Taylor Hunt and Alyssa Martin 

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin   

Stage Management: Andrea Baggs 

Music: Queen 

 

the mouse hunting diaries

Premiered at SpringWorks Festival at Factory 163 in Stratford, ON.

Presented as part of Rock Bottom's MOCKTALES, a mixed bill showing of 4 short works performed at Yogathletix in Toronto, ON.

The Mouse Hunting Diaries

Premiere: 2014

Choreography: Alyssa Martin

Performers: Cassandra Bowerman, Julia Cosentino, Samantha Grist and Alyssa Martin

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin

Stage Management: Andrea Baggs

Music: Vampire Weekend, Duke Ellington, Francois Hardy, Les Baxter, Ysaye Quartet, Marc Ribot, Disney Big Band, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Irene Cara, Sergei Rachmaninoff, The Spice Girls, Alexandre Desplat

 

meet the andersons

A one-hour Wes Anderson-inspired under-the-sea-love-story.

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Workshopped and presented at Yogathletix in Toronto, ON, February 2014.

Meet The Andersons

Premiere: 2014

Choreography: Alyssa Martin

Dramaturgy: Noah Spitzer 

Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Corrado Cerruto, Justin De Bernardi, Josh Doig, Samantha Grist and Taylor Hunt

Costume Design: Alyssa Martin

Music: Dan the Automator, Mark Mothersbaug, Don Air, John Mayer, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Seu Jorge, Bruce Springsteen, La Bouche, Johann Pachelbel, Nico, Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Aphex Twin, Erik Satie, Simon & Garfunkel

 
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