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Programme 2

April 9, 2024 @ 7PM
April 11, 2024 @ 9PM
April 13, 2024 @ 7PM
April 14, 2024 @ 2PM
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3 World Premieres

Presented in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction Programme, with support from DanceWorks.

Citadel Spring Mix Presents

Programme 2
Featuring Kala Dance Collective, Sofi Gudiño, Samantha Sutherland


Programme 2 is a triple-bill featuring 3 world premieres by Toronto choreographers Kala Dance Collective, Sofi Gudiño, and Samantha Sutherland. The artists on this programme were selected by and supported through The National Ballet of Canada’s Open Space programme, providing each artist with a significant creation residency at the Walter Carsen Centre to support the development of the works you will see debuting here at Citadel Spring Mix!

Approximate run time is 70 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Kala Dance Collective Photo by Nancy Thavaruban

Kala Dance Collective

We are a collective of dancers firmly rooted in the classical tradition of Bharatanatyam. Our artistic journey has been one of both individual growth and collective synergy. We are driven by the desire to not only uphold the classical elements of our form, but to also infuse them with innovative and contemporary perspectives. Our collective is dedicated to exploring new horizons, and pushing the boundaries of tradition while upholding its integrity. We seek to tell stories that resonate with the diasporic experience, to celebrate our shared heritage, and to showcase the beauty and diversity of South Asian culture through dance.  

Photo of Sofi Gudiño  Photo by Jamila Noritz Reyes

Sofi Gudiño 

Sofi Gudiño is a contemporary flamenco dancer based in Toronto. Gudiño founded the Inamorata Dance Collective in 2014 as a site to explore flamenco outside of its traditional presentations, as influenced by the Latine diaspora and queer performance art. As a choreographer, Gudiño has enjoyed residencies at Toronto Dance Theatre and Dancemakers, with choreographic premieres including Nuit Blanche, Pride, and with their award nominated piece, Picaza, in Toronto Fringe. Sofi has been nominated in the 2023 Johanna Performing Arts Prizes for their recognized impact on the field, and is stepping into the role of Festival Director at Dusk Dances in 2024. 

Photo of Samantha Sutherland Photo by Aidan Tooth Photography

Samantha Sutherland

Samantha is a contemporary dance artist, choreographer, and teacher based in Tkaronto. Her ancestry is Ktunaxa and Scottish/British Settler. She graduated from the Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma Program in 2018. Samantha has been choreographing solo works since 2021 and has presented in festivals across Turtle Island. Some include the Matriarchs Uprising Festival by O.Dela Arts with presentations in Vancouver and at the National Arts Centre, Sharing the Stage with The National Ballet of Canada, Night Shift by Citadel + Companie and Fall for Dance North, Dance Made in Canada, and Weesageechak Begins to Dance. She is currently an Artistic Associate with O.Dela Arts.

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