Toronto Rhythm Initiative Explores the Music of Oscar Peterson – Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Centrepointe Theatre
The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative was thrilled to present Oscar’s 7 from the Six, a new piece of choreography by Dianne Montogmery at Toronto Rhythm Initiative’s show exploring the music of Oscar Peterson.
A selection of Toronto’s professional tap dance community
The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative
TRI Youth Intensive Participants
LIVE MUSIC FROM:
Piano: Mark Ferguson
Bass: John Geggie
Drums: Morgan Childs
Guitar/ Music Direction: Nathan Hiltz
TD Ottawa JazzFest 2018 – Friday, June 22, 2018
Dancers: Carmelle Cachero, Carolyn Hébert, Lisa Kilner, David Lafleur, Annie Micucci, Carole Anne Piccinin, Pamela Poulin, Jordan Samonas, Hannah Savoie, Gabriel Wolinsky.
Special Guest Artists: Travis Knights, Tanya Knights, Rebecca Noelle and Mackenzie Di Millo
Musicians: The François Gravel Trio
Tap dance is sound and movement that tells a story…of time, place…and feeling! In June 2018 at the TD Ottawa JazzFest, The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI) Ensemble performed new works from leading Canadian tap choreographers and repertoire from world Tap Masters. An exciting romp through some memorable tunes, each piece showcasing rhythms of our past and present. The ORI Ensemble and special guests are accomplished performers who bring a range of dance, music and theatre experiences to the stage. The ORI keeps it fresh while showcasing the best of this time-honoured dance form.
Check out the ORI Ensemble’s interview with CBC’s All in a Day with Alan Neal!
Our Love is Here to Stay – ORI Double Bill with Sweet Kate – Saturday, September 9, 2017 – Wakefield Community Centre
At the 2017 TADA! Performance Arts Festival in Wakefield, QC, the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI) Ensemble showcased three unique rhythm tap choreographies connected to love – unrequited love, lost love and love everlasting. A fun romp through the 1920s to the 1970s, each piece showcased music and rhythms of our time.
ORI’s program presented at TADA! Festival:
Traditional repertoire | Choreographed by Buster Brown
Big Yellow Taxi
Contemporary work | Choreographed by Kylie Somerville
Shim Sham Shimmy
The national anthem of tap dancing | Choreographed by Leonard Reid and Willie Bryant
Collected Soles – A rhythm tap and jazz music show (Inaugural Show) – Sunday, June 2, 2013 Arts Court Theatre
Check out this cool teaser clip from ORI’s first rhythm tap performance!
Featuring: The 2012/13 ORI Concert Group (photo above)
Back row, left to right: Patrick Kidney, Marie Brislinger, Simon Young
Front row, left to right : Carmelle Cachero, Carole Anne Piccinin (ORI Artistic Producer), Lisa Kilner, Peggy Soria
Missing from photo: Rebecca Giesbrecht (non-performing contributing member)
About the 2012/13 ORI Concert Group
The 2012/13 ORI Concert Group (ORICG), made up of eight Ottawa dancers, was formed in November 2012. The ORICG independently funded this professional performance opportunity. Collected Soles was created with the support and guidance of Tap Master and acclaimed Manhattan Tap Artistic Director Heather Cornell, whose rhythm tap and creative process workshops helped set the direction and intention for the show, and was the inspiration for ORICG’s own new collective and individual work. The ORICG also commissioned two rhythm tap artists and choreographers: 2012/13 ORI Artist-in-Residence Allison Toffan – Artistic Producer, Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI) – who created a new work on ORICG and participating TRI members; and Dianne Montgomery (independent artist/choreographer and Toronto Rhythm Initiative member) who recreated a selection from her repertoire on ORICG, which was also performed alongside participating TRI members. Throughout this process, ORICG also worked collaboratively with Ottawa musicians Craig Pedersen (musical director/bass), Francois Gravel (piano), David Pontello (percussion), Alex Moxon (guitar) to inspire and create work for this show.
Guest rhythm tap artists:
- Toronto Rhythm Initiative – Participating artists: Eric Allan, Ryan Foley, Dianne Montgomery, Allison Toffan (Artistic Producer), Andrew Prashad (Toronto ON)
- Tasha Lawson* – Tri-Tone Producutions (Calgary AB)
- Tanya Rivard (Montreal QC)
- Thomas Wadelton (Melbourne AU)
*Rhythm tap and body percussionist
Musical Direction: Craig Pedersen
- Francois Gravel (Piano
- Craig Pedersen (Bass)
- David Pontello (Percussion)
Technical consultant: Andrew Prashad
Victory Arts – Video recording
Bridgehead – Event coffee supplier
Fiona Melko – Photographer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program: ORI Program Final Version