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DinoLand

Photo of Sierra Kellman from film still by Drew Berry.

Created by absurd dance theatre company Rock Bottom Movement in collaboration with all the third and fourth year dance students, DinoLand is a collective wonder-world made from ferocious play, a dramatic claw to the heart and a tickle in the brain. Together, we embrace the inevitability of the end and the mischievous possibilities of the unknown.

Live-streamed December 10 at 7:00 pm. 

Run time: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Available for on demand viewing in the weeks following.

Choreography, Concept & Direction: Alyssa Martin

Co-Creators, Choreographic Collaborators & Rehearsal Directors: Natasha Poon Woo, Sam Grist, Drew Berry, Brayden Cairns
Created and choreographed in collaboration with the dancers.

Composer: Telehorn
Director of Photography, Camera Operator & Editor: Drew Berry
Lighting Designer: Noah Feaver
Written by: Alyssa Martin in collaboration with David Bernstein, Pony Nicole Herauf and the performers
Dramaturg: David Bernstein
Cinematic Liaison: Pony Nicole Herauf

Trailer for DinoLand

Alyssa Martin, a young white woman with curly dark hair raises her chin and looks at the camera

Alyssa Martin

Alyssa Martin is a choreographer and director working and playing in Tkaronto.  She creates absurdist dance theatre with a mischievous, tongue-in-cheek energy. Alyssa founded her creative home, Rock Bottom Movement, in 2012, and the group has since been graciously recognized with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. Alongside her collaborators, she has created new work in residence at The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, Toronto Dance Theatre, The Stratford Festival Lab and The National Ballet of Canada. 

In addition to her work with Rock Bottom, Alyssa creates new work for other dance companies, independent artists, post-secondary students and collaborates in the theatre, film, musical theatre and opera realms. She recently created Bin Chicken a full length commission for Toronto Dance Theatre and choreographed I Am William at The Stratford Festival. Her film work has been featured at the Portland Film Festival, National Arts Centre and dance: made in canada. She was an Emerging Director in residence at Canadian Stage and is currently in residence at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and X University. 

As an educator and guest artist she has taught at X University’s Theatre Department, George Brown College’s Dance Program, Laurier University’s Opera Program, Queen's University Philosophy Program, York University’s Dance Program, The Stratford Festival’s Teaching Shakespeare Program as well as at numerous elementary schools, highschools, post-secondary trainings and informal community workshops. She holds her BFA Honours in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. In all her work, she hopes to offer unbridled romps through cheeky explosions of our consciousness while deeply considering the audiences, communities and collaborators who come to play.