A Toronto-based choreographer, Alyssa created Rock Bottom in 2012 as a home for her work. In all the work that she creates, she strives to blur disciplinary boundaries and explore popular culture & the human psyche from a satirical standpoint. In collaboration with extraordinarily unique artists, she creates tongue-in-cheek work that is aesthetically campy and fundamentally heart breaking. You can read her CV by clicking below.
Samantha Grist is a Toronto based dancer, cat whisperer, and ice cream enthusiast. 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 been a member of Rock Bottom Movement since 2012 and has performed over 15 wonderfully wacky works with the company.
Natasha Poon Woo
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's hobbies include cross stitching, drinking kombucha and being right.
Drew Berry is a recent graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program. Drew had the pleasure of working with Alyssa Martin at Ryerson in “CRUSHED”, and made her Rock Bottom Movement debut with “MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” at CPR!
Mary-Dora is a Toronto based dance and film artist, originally from London Ontario. She holds a BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. MD has been working as a performer and choreographer for the past 5 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 performing and touring with Rock Bottom for the past 4 years.
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David is a performance artist and teacher. His most recent full-length performance "Cherry Corsage (Who Would Have Thought it Figures)" premiered at the Citadel Theater in Toronto in July 2015. Previously, he created "Too Many Lenas 3: Let Them Eat Cake" with frequent Brooklyn-based collaborator Jaime Wright which was presented at the New Ohio Theater in New York City. Their new work, "GURU," will appear in Movement Research's Fall 2016 season at Judson Church in New York.
Sully Malaeb Proulx
Sully grew up in Toronto and trained at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. During his time in the company, he had the opportunity to work with many choreographers and perform the works of José Limón, Kevin Wynn and Colin Connor among many others. In 2015, he participated in the José Limón International Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Sully is now continuing his dance education the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College (NY).
Kelsey Wilson (Costume Design)
Kelsey Wilson is an independent visual artist based out of Montreal. After graduating from Concordia University's Fibre and Material Practice's program, she has gone on to work as a production and studio assistant to several designers and visual artists. Kelsey's aesthetic is inspired by plants, candy, and fuzzy creatures. She is ecstatic about collaborating with the wonderfully weird minds of the Rock Bottom Movement artists!
Noah Feaver (Lighting Design)
Noah is a young Toronto based lighting designer, originally from Vancouver, BC. Recent credits include: Lighting Designer – “Momentum 2016” (The School of Toronto Dance Theatre), Assistant Lighting Designer – Program 2 (Ballet BC), Lighting Design Coordinator – “Choreographic Works” (Ryerson Theatre School), Lighting Designer – “Crush” (The Banff Centre), Assistant Lighting Designer – “A Little Too Cozy” (Against The Grain Theatre).
Kaleb Horn (Performer)
Kaleb Horn is a recent graduate from the Ryerson Theatre School Acting program.