dance Immersion presents CinnaMoon Collective’s “Surrendered Spirits” on a double-bill with Pulga Muchochoma’s “MÀSCARA”!

This premiere contemporary dance event features performances by Nickeshia Garrick, Irma Villafuerte, Viktor Kei, Paula Sofia, Pulga Muchochoma, and Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison. 

Though they are distinct pieces, both commissions investigate themes of ancestral legacy, displacement, and the impacts of immigrant experiences.


  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 / $25 – $35
  • Friday, May 3, 2024 /$25 – $35
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024 / pay-what-you-can beginning at $10
  • 8:00pm – 9:30pm each night including a 15-minute intermission


Berkeley Street Theatre:  Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre – 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto

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Image by Enzo Romero

Surrendered Spirits

By CinnaMoon Collective

Surrendered Spirits is influenced and inspired by the impact of familial displacement and the artists’ upbringing as children of racialized, marginalized and immigrant families. This work encompasses the relationship of two femme, queer black and brown women who face each other seeking to heal the inherited ancestral and familial wounds. They find support in their sisterhood and the power of collective care. 

Surrendered Spirits is a co-commission by curatorial and producing partners dance Immersion and Kaeja d’Dance.

Concept, Choreography, Direction, and Performers: Irma Villafuerte and Nickeshia Garrick 

Co-composition and Musical Performers: Viktor Kei and Paula Sofia

Sound Design and Co-Composition: Brandon Valdivia 

Dramaturgy: Dedra McDermott

Lighting Design: Sebastian Marziali

Multimedia Design and Co-Illustration: Alejandra Higuera

Co-Illustration: Kanna Anigbogu

Costume Design: Rachel Forbes

Set Design: CinnaMoon Collective & Charissa Wilcox

Stage Management: Jessica Zepeda

Rehearsal Direction: Katherine Semchuk

Earlier showings of the work were held at and supported by Aluna Theatre’s Caminos, Dance Ontario DanceWeekend, and the Canadian Opera Company. 

This work is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, and support for the Kaeja d’Dance co-commission was provided by RBC. 


Image by Dawit Tibebu

By Pulga Muchochoma

MÀSCARA examines the masks we wear: We all have more than one face… From their perspective, others may see one image at first glance, but there is always more to learn about the person behind the mask. 

MÀSCARA is commissioned by dance Immersion.

Choreographer: Pulga Muchochoma 

Musical Composition: Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison 

Performers: Pulga Muchochoma and Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison 

Lighting Design: Darren Shaen

Costume Design: Pulga Muchochoma

Set Design: Charissa Wilcox & Pulga Muchochoma

Stage Management: Laura Baxter

Earlier showings of the work were held at and supported by the IABD 33rd Annual Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance, and Fall for Dance North Festival. 

dance Immersion Production Team

Production Management: Charissa Wilcox

Stage Management: Laura Baxter

Lighting Design: Darren Shaen

Technical Direction and Theatre Crew: Berkeley Street Theatre Staff

Trailer Video: Olya Glotka

This presentation is generously supported by a venue partnership with Canadian Stage.