Samantha Sutherland 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 and has worked as a guest artist with Ballet BC and as an associate artist with Red Sky Performance. Samantha has presented choreographic works in the Matriarchs Uprising Festival by O.Dela Arts and the Indigenous Arts Program at the Paprika Festival. She explores what aspects of her culture, history and traditional knowledge can be pulled into her contemporary dance practice. Samantha questions how she can use a dance practice built with a fairly euro-centric training and still honour Indigenous values and the act of decolonization. She strives to keep what she values and loves about classical training and use it to tell the Indigenous story.
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