PEOPLE

PERFORMER/COLLABORATORS

headshot%202020%202_edited.jpg

ALYSSA MARTIN

Artistic Director + Choreographer

Alyssa Martin is a choreographer, director and performance maker. She founded Rock Bottom Movement in 2012 as the creative home, and the group has since been named “the quirky weirdos of Toronto’s dance/theatre world” (Toronto Star). She creates absurd dance theatre works through radical and intensely committed play alongside her most brilliant friends.

 

Alyssa has worked in residence at art centres including The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The Stratford Festival Lab. She most recently premiered, hollow mountain, in Toronto and Montreal and is set to premiere Bin Chicken, a new commission for Toronto Dance Theatre, in Fall 2020. She’s earned the Canadian Stage Award for Direction, two Dora Award Nominations for Outstanding Choreography, and five other Dora Award Nominations for work she's created or collaborated on. She participated in Toronto Dance Theatre’s Emerging Voices Project as well as adelheid’s re:research residency and was an Emerging Director in Residence at Canadian Stage, she's a graduate of Ryerson University's Dance Program. Outside of the concert dance world she has choreographed musicals, plays and operas with Tarragon Theatre, Talk Is Free Theatre, Laurier University and Ryerson University. She has created new work for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, George Brown Dance, Conteur Dance Academy and is a guest instructor in the theatre department at Ryerson University. In addition to making new work, Alyssa leads “NONDancer Workshops,” accessible choreographed dance parties for anyone and everyone.

 

Her dream is to someday direct a production of CATS and redeem the production from it's late 2019 dip in popularity. She believes that new work should be created from a place of joy and curiosity in a down to earth process that worships the collaborators in a collective quest for glittering catharsis. Audiences should be trusted as co conspirators in our mission to achieve escapist moments of wonky joy.  

Sam Grist .jpg

sam grist 

Performer + Collaborator 

Samantha Grist is a Toronto based dancer and performer. She has been a member of Rock Bottom Movement since 2012, touring with the company across Ontario, New York and Louisiana as well as completing residencies with the company at the Banff Centre (2018), National Ballet of Canada CreativAction (2019), Canadian Stage (2019) and Toronto Dance Theatre (2019). Recent Rock Bottom credits include: fantasy lover (SummerWorks 2018), String Quartet no14 in G Major (DanceWorks Co Works 2017), Dolphin (SummerWorks 2017), and MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS (Next Stage Festival 2016). She has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Performance. In addition to performing/creating, Sam teaches Rock Bottom repertoire and stages new work with high schools and arts institutions we are involved with.  She keeps begging Alyssa to make her a one-woman Charlie and the Chocolate Factory show.

Natasha Poon Woo.jpeg

natasha poon woo

Performer + Collaborator 

Natasha Poon Woo trained at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Codarts, and SUNY Purchase. She has worked with artists including The Dietrich Group, Human Body Expression, Gadfly, and Little Pear Garden, and was nominated for two Dora Awards for her ensemble performance in Rock Bottom Movement’s MANICPIXIEXDREAMGIRLS and hollow mountain. Natasha also originated roles in RBM’s Dolphin, String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, fantasylover, and hollow mountain. Natasha is Associate Artistic Director and Rehearsal Director of CCDT. She is a double Leo with a strong agenda and serious kombucha passion. 

Drew Berry.jpg

drew berry

Performer + Collaborator 

Drew Berry is a Toronto-based dancer, thespian, photographer, musician and teacher. Drew has been working as a regular collaborator with Rock Bottom Movement since 2016 having performed in five full-length works and participated in multiple respected residencies. Other collaborators include: Emma Kerson, Nico Al Ajillio, Irma Villafuerte, Kate Hilliard, Alias Dance Project, and Kaeja d’Dance. A graduate from Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s post-graduate program, Drew holds her BFA (Honours) from the Performance Dance program at Ryerson University. She has a complex relationship with Taylor Swift and her body of work. 

Brayden Cairns.jpg

brayden cairns

Performer + Collaborator 

Brayden Cairns is a Toronto based dance artist. Growing up in rural Ontario, Brayden started his dance journey at age 12 and moved to Toronto in 2015 to begin training at Ryerson’s School of Performance. In his time with RBM Brayden has rehearsed and performed Alyssa’s new work, hollow mountain, and looks forward to a thriving future with her company. He's been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outsanding Performance in an Ensemble for hollow mountain. He’s currently looking after a neighbour’s daddy long-legs spider.

sydney nicole herauf

Composer, Sound Designer

Performer + Collaborator 

Sydney Nicole Herauf is a film/theatre artist and the creator of the art haus (notice me) KID VICIOUS. Sound design, composition and musical performance credits include: hollow mountain (Rock Bottom Movement), and fantasylover (Rock Bottom Movement). Writing/directing credits with (notice me) KID VICIOUS: Breaking Up for the Modern Girl, BANANAS STAND UP STRAIGHT (winner of the TIFF 24 Hour Film Challenge, 2019) and I Wanna Make a Movie, or I Wanna Die Trying. She is the #1 most enthusiastic story teller and most compelling person to watch trip over things. 

Mary-Dora%20Bloch-Hansen_edited.jpg

mary-dora bloch-hansen

Performer + Collaborator 

Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen is a queer/femme/non-binary multidisciplinary artist who creates works both local and abroad. Their artistic research examines the speculating body as a spiritual, political and somatic vessel. Mary-Dora has created works for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), WIPE Berlin Film Festival, DOCK11 Video Dance (Berlin), and New Blue Dance (Toronto). They have performed and collaborated with various artists such as Amanda Acorn, Will Kwan, Amanda Smith, Ismael Ivo, The BOX NYC, and David Earle. Mary-Dora has been a collaborator of Rock Bottom Movement for over 5 years. They can read minds.

David Bernstein.JPG

david bernstein 

Dramaturg, Writer + Creative Advisor 

David Bernstein has served as dramaturg and writer for Rock Bottom's "MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS", "Dolphin", "string quartet no. 14 in g major" and "fantasylover". Currently, his 7-part serial play "Lift You Up (Just Like Patrick Swayze)" is being presented through February 2020 at Teater Momentum in Odense, Denmark. He graduated from the MA Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy program at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019. He believes in Troy Bolton and artisanal honey. 

Noah Feaver.jpg

NOAH FEAVER

Lighting Designer 

Noah Feaver is a Dora Award Nominated Lighting Designer. He has been working with Rock Bottom Movement since the 2016 Premiere of MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS. Education includes the Ryerson School of Performance and The Banff Centre, as well as mentorships with several prominent Canadian lighting designers. Noah is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. He is Sam’s understudy in all productions. Instagram: @nfeav

Taylor Young.jpg

taylor young

Stage Manager + Life Saver 

Originally from Calgary, Taylor Young is an emerging Stage Manager now based in Toronto. They hold a BFA in Performance Production from Ryerson University with a minor in Curatorial Studies. Some of her recent past projects include: Assistant Stage Manager, RING, Toronto Dance Theatre (2019); Assistant Stage Manager, Fall for Dance North Ryerson Theatre, (2019); Apprentice Stage Manager, Hand to God, Coal Mine Theatre (2019); Stage Manager, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS, Rock Bottom Movement (2019). Taylor’s worst kept secrets are that they love country music and that they once ate 43 perogies in one sitting.  

Katie Mooney.webp

katie mooney

Set Designer 

Katie Mooney is an Indigenous designer for theatre, dance and film. Katie designs and handcrafts costumes and sets. She has worked in film and theatre in Canada, Australia, Morocco and Greece. Katie has a strong passion for working on projects that have a diverse creative team. Specifically giving a place for women and minorities in the arts to express themselves. Katie has loved working on hollow mountain with Rock Bottom - a strong and creative team! She was once involved in an international ice cream freezer heist.