Amandine Garrido Gonzalez graduated from the University of Chile in 2002 with a degree in dance performance and worked for different contemporary dance companies throughout her country. She arrived in Canada in 2008 as part of the Cirque du Soleil production Varekai, where she worked as an aerial artist. As well as teaching dance and circus arts, she is involved in numerous creative projects, notably Sève, presented as part of Rurart – Contemporary Art in a Rural Setting, La géométrie des chats : le regard animal, presented at the Viva! Art Action Festival in Montreal, and De la souffrance à l’amour, presented on International Women’s Day in Sutton in 2015. Her inspiration, a mix of contemporary influences and gypsy dancing, allow Amandine to present her vision of dance as a sacred art, as an expression of the present moment. Her versatility and strong stage presence make her stand out as an artist. Amandine joined the Sursaut Dance Company in 2013. Acuna is her first collaboration with the company as choreographer.