About the ORI Ensemble
Established in 2012, the ORI Ensemble (ORIE) is a collective of local tap dance artists who each bring something unique along with a shared passion and dedication for the art of tap dance. We have a deep respect and appreciation for this rooted jazz dance form. The ORIE enlivens and supports the mandate of the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative.
ORIE is study, creation and presentation-focused. We work with live music as often as we can in both practice and performance settings. We are artists, educators, and we champion and support this art form locally and within the Canadian dance scene. Our work is rhythmically sophisticated, percussive, and grounded in the jazz tradition.
Each member believes in the importance of individual expression as well as community. We each bring a life-long embodied understanding of tap dance, including through our individual and collective ongoing study and practice. ORIE accesses other aligned dance and movement, music and theatre experiences to inform creative explorations and performances.
Interested in auditioning for the ORIE? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Rhythm Initiative Explores the Music of Oscar Peterson – Saturday, July 27, 2019 | Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa ON
“Oscar’s 7 from the Six”, a new choreography by ORIE 2018/19 artist-in-residence Dianne Montgomery at the Toronto Rhythm Initiative’s show exploring the music of Oscar Peterson.
A selection of Toronto’s professional tap dance community
The ORI Ensemble
TRI Youth Intensive Participants
Piano: Mark Ferguson
Bass: John Geggie
Drums: Morgan Childs
Guitar/ Music Direction: Nathan Hiltz
TD Ottawa JazzFest 2018 – Friday, June 22, 2018 | OLG Stage, Ottawa ON
Dancers: Carmelle Cachero, Carolyn Hébert, Lisa Kilner, David Lafleur, Annie Micucci, Carole Anne Piccinin, Pamela Poulin, Jordan Samonas, Hannah Savoie, Gabriel Wolinsky.
Musicians: The François Gravel Trio – François Gravel (piano/musical direction), Michel Delage (drums), Dave Schroeder (bass)
Tap dance is sound and movement that tells a story…of time, place…and feeling! In June 2018 at the TD Ottawa JazzFest, the ORI Ensemble performed new works from leading local and Canadian tap choreographers and repertoire from world Tap Masters. An exciting romp through jazz standards and other memorable tunes, works showcased rhythms of our past and present. The ORI keeps it fresh while showcasing the best of this time-honoured dance form.
Canadian choreographers: Eric Allan, Ryan Foley, Tanya + Travis Knights, Danny Neilson, Carole Anne Piccinin, Allison Toffan, Kai Somerville, Gabriel Wolinsky. Traditional repertoire: Buster Brown, Willie Bryant and Leonard Reid
Listen to the ORI Ensemble interview with CBC’s All in a Day
Our Love is Here to Stay – Saturday, September 9, 2017 | Wakefield Community Centre, Wakefield QC
At the 2017 TADA! Performance Arts Festival in Wakefield, QC, the ORI featured a 20 minute dance compilation all about 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.
Laura: Traditional repertoire | Choreographer: Buster Brown
Big Yellow Taxi: Contemporary work | Choreographer: Kai Somerville | Vocalist: Mackenzie DiMillo
Shim Sham Shimmy: Traditional (the “anthem of tap dancing”) | Choreographers: Leonard Reid and Willie Bryant
Big Yellow Taxi (rehearsal)
TRI Explores the Music of Duke Ellington |August 14, 2016 | The Great Hall, Toronto ON
Featured guest performance: Take The “A” Train. Choreography by: Eric Allan + Carole Anne Piccinin
Collected Soles – A rhythm tap and jazz music show (inaugural show) – Sunday, June 2, 2013 | Arts Court Theatre, Ottawa ON
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, 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. Collected Soles, an independently funded program, 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) 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
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Program: ORI Program Final Version