Toronto Fringe Fest 2011 - Catalyst Dance with The 5th Element

From a media release:

Catalyst dance show “The 5th Element” celebrates Toronto’s cultural diversity
part of the Toronto Fringe Festival
July 6 to 16, 2011

TORONTO, Ont. – June 13  - Catalyst Dance Company presents “The 5th Element” celebrating the city’s unique diversity through dance, music, and spoken word.  Performers from different backgrounds have united to create an integrated live experience that will be showcased at The Bathurst Theatre as part of The Toronto Fringe Festival running July 6-16, 2011.

“We’ve traveled the world for dance but have come back home to Toronto to help build the dance and art community there.” Janet L. Castillo explains.  Artistic Director Janet L. Castillo and Natasha Powell have worked internationally with stars including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian, Rihanna, and have been featured on SYTYCD, Save the Last Dane.  They are helping to build the creative class in Toronto by embracing their versatility and expertise.

The 5th Element showcases a cast of 15 including powerful dancers, a spoken word artist, and live drummers. A journey through the elements, the show pushes boundaries by mashing up street, classical, and cultural dance. Each dancer brings their own unique Element into the show and celebrates difference through their unique stories and experiences.   “Where most dance companies focus on one or two styles, Catalyst uses a rare process of collaboration allowing each dancer to contribute their individual style” Natasha Powell, Co-Artistic Director comments.

The 5th Element
“The 5th Element” opens July 6, 2011 and runs to July 16, 2011 at the Bathurst Street Theatre (736 Bathurst Street Theatre, Toronto).
• Ticket prices are $11 at the door and $10 in advance.  
• Visit to purchase tickets and for general show information.

About Catalyst
Catalyst Dance Company was created in 2009 by artistic directors Janet L Castillo and Natasha Powell to celebrate the city’s multi-cultural mix and individuality.  The dancers span various training and professional backgrounds, each member brings their own unique element to the group creating a fresh mash up of styles from urban to classical to cultural dance.

Castillo and Powell share over 15 years working internationally in the industry with stars including Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Christina Milian and have been featured on So You Think You Can Dance, The Latin Grammy’s, Much Music, Nickelodeon, and Save the Last Dance 2.  After experiencing the struggle of being a Canadian dancer trying to break into the competitive US market, the two long-time friends  decided to make it their mission to truly put a spotlight on the diverse dance culture living in our city. Through this desire, Catalyst was born.

Catalyst the Company
in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents The 5th Element
directed by Janet L. Castillo and Natasha Powell
lighting design by Philip Sportel
stage managed by Kristine Flores
featuring Tiff Mak, Jasmyn Fyffe, Jennifer Simic, Michele Riveria, Sarah Tumaliuan, Natalie Poirer, Shavar “Caution” Blackwood, Jonathan Gerber, Kristian Dalisay

Opens July 6, 2011 runs to July 16, 2011
Bathurst Street Theatre
736 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario

July 6, 10:30pm
July 9, 11:00pm
July 11, 4:45pm
July 13, 9:15pm
July 14, 1:45pm
July 15, 12:00pm
July 16, 7:30pm

• Tickets can be purchased on

The 5th Element from rb productions on Vimeo.