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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, Hanna Kiel for The National Ballet of Canada’s Apprentices


Programme 2 is a mixed program 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!

Joining the programme is a new duet by Hanna Kiel created through the CreativAction Micro-Commission Programme in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada Apprentice Dancers, featuring Maisee Anderson and Ewan Hartman.

Approximate run time is 70 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Hanna Kiel Photo courtesy of the artist

Hanna Kiel

Dora winner Hanna Kiel is from Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Vancouver in 1996. She has presented her work at 12 Minutes Max, PlanB Singles and solos Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Pulse at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. In 2007, she collaborated with Yoko Ono as a dancer and choreographer at the Centre A. Moving to Toronto in 2008, Hanna has continued choreographing for: Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, Conteur Dance Academy, George Brown Dance, Ryerson Dances, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive, IGNITE, ProArteDanza, Ballet Jörgen, Alias Dance Project, The National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dusk Dances, Tarragon and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary.

In 2012 she won Northwest Dance Project’s ‘Pretty Creatives’ international choreographic competition and she was an E-choreographer in 2015 for Springboard Danse Montreal. Hanna is a resident choreographer at Canada’s Ballet Jorgen.

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 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.

Photo of Sofi Gudiño  Photo by Jamila Noritz Reyes

Sofi Gudiño 

Sofi Gudiño is a dance artist and community organizer based in Toronto. Raised in flamenco and established in contemporary dance, Sofi’s work is marked by emotional intensity and choreographic risk. Gudiño began flamenco studies as a child at the Acadamey of Spanish Dance with Esmeralda Enrique, and has since contiunued in Spain with Úrsula López, Alicia Márquez, Pastora Galván, Lorena Franco and many others. In 2014, Sofi founded the Inamorata Dance Collective as a site to explore flamenco outside of its traditional presentations.

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 was nominated in the 2023 Johanna Performing Arts Prizes for their recognized impact on the field, and recently assumed the role of Festival Director at Dusk Dances.

Show Credits

Until You See Me
Hanna Kiel
Maisee Anderson*, Ewan Hartman*
*RBC Apprentices with The National Ballet of Canada
Music: Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1 – Frédéric Chopin
Costume Design: Stacy Dimitropoulos
Lighting Design: Jeff Logue

Kula Devi
Choreographer: Kala Dance Collective
Performers: Rachana Joshi, Hemantika Mahesh, Purawai Vyas
Composer/Vocalist: Ganesh Iyer 

Choreographer: Samantha Sutherland
Performers: Cody Berry-Ottertail, Zachary Cardwell, Katie Couchie, Kristin DeAmorim
Composer: Sophie Dow
Costume Design: Asli Ozuak
Set Design: Julia Kim
Outside Eye: Olivia C. Davies, Aria Evans, Martha Hart
Lighting Design: Emerson Kafarowski 

Sofi Gudiño
Sound Design:
Sofia Fly
Costume Design:
Rita Benz, Joseph Quezal
Joseph Quezal
Outside Eye:
Makeda Benitez, Brayden Cairns, Kiah Francis, Ximena Huizi, Nicole Karges, Heath Salazar, Nikola Steer

Production Team

Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Associate Lighting Design: 
Mathilda Kane
Stage Manager:
Helin Gungoren
Production Manager:
Marianna Rosato
Technical Director: Eliajah Stefura
House Technician/Sound Engineer: Adam Achacon


Until You See Me

“Discovering Your True Self” is a journey of self-exploration and personal growth in which you embark on a quest to understand your innermost desires, values, and aspirations. It’s a process of peeling back the layers of your identity to reveal the authentic you, embracing both your strengths and vulnerabilities. This piece is about the human experience, delving deep into the human spirit’s capacity for self-discovery, and offering profound insights and life-changing revelations along the way. 

Kula Devi

Informed by our foundation in Bharatanatyam, Kula Devi, is an homage to our ancestral goddesses, reflecting on the intertwining roles of deity and devotee. Ritual and the significance of repetition are examined, revealing how caring for deity mirrors self-care. The piece celebrates the resilience and reverence of our heritage within a contemporary context.


naⱡa reflects on existing with multiple identities of oneself. Why do we shift how we behave depending on what environment we are in and who we surround ourselves with? Where are we our most true selves? 


PAJAROJITO is a flamenco drag king extravaganza and a love letter to Latin masculinity. Inspired by flamboyant male birds of the tropics, this lover boy is a helpless flirt who is determined to show off his brightest feathers in the hopes of becoming your next crush. 

Headshot of Rachana Joshi

Rachana Joshi

Choreographer | Performer

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Hemantika Mahesh

Choreographer | Performer

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