Commissions & Creative Partnerships

Ryan Lee & Alyssa Martin: Recipients of last year's Dance Ontario Creative Partnerships

Dance Ontario’s Selection Committee (Lola Ryan, Jennifer Watkins, Ofilio Portillo, Alan Faigal, Tina Nicolaidis) is delighted to announce that choreographers Ryan Lee and Alyssa Martin (Rock Bottom Movement) have been chosen for the 2016 Creative Partnerships Program. These unique artists will bring two exciting world premieres to the Fleck Dance Theatre stage January 20-22 as part of Dance Ontario DanceWeekend 2017.

Ryan Lee will present a contemporary dance work for male dancers exploring masculinity, insecurity and expectations with the intent of encouraging a wider conversation on exclusion, bullying and discrimination. Currently scheduled to perform with Lee are Ben Landsberg and JT Papandreos
BIOGRAPHY - Independent Dance Artist Ryan Lee graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers; Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Christopher House, Emily Molnar, Hanna Kiel, Stepĥen Pier, Tino Segal, Menaka Thakkar, Darryl Tracey, D.A Hoskins, and Guillaume Cote. Ryan has also been able to work with such companies as ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d'Dance, Anandam Dancetheatre, Larchaud Dance Project, inDANCE, TOES for Dance, The Little Pear Conservatory, The Chimera Project, AKA Dance and The Scandelles.  In 2011 Ryan was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble for In between by ProArteDanza.  In 2014 Ryan was honoured with the Jack McAllister Award from Ryerson University.  Ryan is also very involved in dance education, working with young dancers across Canada.  He has taught at The Conteur Academy, Ryerson University, DanceTeq, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Metro Movement, City Dance Corps and the National Ballet’s In Studio Series.  Ryan has made choreographic works for ProArteDanza, Ballet Jorgen, Anandam Dancetheatre, Conteur Dance and George Brown College.

Alyssa Martin  will present Dolphin, examining the demise of spirituality through a  blend of  contemporary dance and physical comedy. Drawing inspiration from late 1990s & early 2000s nostalgia, iconic pop music artists and their performances, slapstick comedy and kitsch art, Martin's work is heavily influenced by the artists with whom she collaborates. Dolphin will feature Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen,Josh Doig, Samantha Grist and Natasha Poon Woo.
BIOGRAPHY - A Toronto-based choreographer, Alyssa Martin created Rock Bottom Movement as a home for her work.  She has shared her work at numerous festivals and self-produced evenings in Toronto as well as at The Center For Performance Research in New York and at the Shaw Theatre in Louisianna. Outside of RBM, her commissions include Ryerson University, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Garage Collective, as well as choreography on David Bernstein's "Cherry Corsage" and many other collectives.

To date choreographers commissioned include Nenagh Leigh, Meagan O'Shea, Terrill Maguire, Lucy Rupert, Vivine Scarlett,Jenn Goodwin, Sasha Ivanochko, Marlee Cargill, Malgorzata Nowacka, Nova Bhattacharya & Louis Laberge-Côté,Sashar Zarif & Holly Small, William Yong, Lacey Smith, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Jessica Westermann, Lucy Rupert & Barbara Pallamino, Pamela Rasbach, Robert Stephen, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Portillo, Benjamin Landsberg, Jasmyn Fyffe, Keiko Kitano, Malgorzata Nowacka with James Croker & Jack Langenhuizen, Natasha Powell, Courtnae Bowman, Hanna Kiel, Louis Laberge Cote and Jacob Niedszwiecki.

...creativity that excited at DanceWeekend'17!

Call for Submissions: 2017-18 Creative Partnerships Program
Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program will provide $2,000 in production/creation support to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend'17 next January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply. All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected. The Association's Selection Committee looks for applications that :
- demonstrate excellence and professional integrity;
- bridge diverse forms and/or disciplines;
- take creative risks;
- connect with and are relevant to a broad-based audience;
- enhance the artist's repertoire.
Please submit a description of the proposed new work electronically together with a C.V.s for yourself and your collaborators, creation
budget and links to youtube or vimeo of past or relevant work to:
The Dance Ontario Selection Committee c/o

Deadline: May 15, 2017