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A mix of contemporary, urban and Caribbean dance influences are set to a ska soundtrack in the first NextSteps production by these emerging choreographers. Keep your eyes on these two – the success of this show has lead to its third remount!
Artistic Associate – Dance, Performing Arts Department
Bringing Caribbean, contemporary and urban dance influences to the stage, Gimme One Riddim is a captivating dance-theatre production set to the music of Jamaica’s freedom soundtrack – ska. Honouring the likes of Prince Buster, Millie Small, The Skatalites and The Wailers, this new work celebrates hope, freedom, and unity.
Jasmyn Fyffe is making her mark on the Toronto dance scene as a dancer and choreographer. Described as “Alvin Ailey meets street dancer” by Allan Ferguson, a renowned music video director (Nelly Furtado), her choreography is created within a movement style that is an eclectic blend of her versatile training background while maintaining a strong contemporary foundation. Fyffe has successfully produced and co-produced four professional dance shows since 2010 and she has been commissioned by Dance Ontario, Claude Watson, Cawthra Park and Ballet Jorgen solo and duet programme to name a few.
“Fyffe is an indisputably a talented performer and dancemaker.” – The Dance Current
“She’s a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own.” – Sway
A Toronto native, Natasha Powell is not only recognized as an extremely versatile and passionate artist, but more importantly, a soulful mover. As a performer, select TV and film credits include Nickelodeon’s Spectacular!, HBO’s The L Word, and Centre Stage 2. In 2008, Powell became co-artistic director and choreographer of Toronto dance company Catalyst, a collective that is highly-respected for their creative, dynamic and versatile storytelling methods. Their Toronto Fringe Festival performance, The 5th Element, received rave accolades from NOW magazine as one of the top picks of the festival, and was nominated as best dance production in the 2011 Broadway World Toronto Awards.
"Awesome, awesome show! We hope that the rest of Canada can get to experience this!"
"This was a highly engaging show, with a strongly committed and talented cast. I hope to see an extended version at some point."
"Just saw the performance tonight! It was one of the funniest performances I have been to in a long time. The cast was electric and the dancing was very authentic, having grown up in Jamaica during the period of ska, it resonated deeply with me! I hope you continue to bring all this good music and dance to audiences everywhere. Huge thumbs up!"
"AMAZING only one word can describe the show well maybe two EXCELLENT job."