Picaza – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival will introduce audiences to a fresh and experimental take on modern live performance with the world premiere of Picaza . Curated by the Inamorata Dance Collective, Picaza has a seven show run from July 7-16 at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St). Supported by the Culturally Diverse Project at the Fringe, Picaza see’s its artists come together as one in a multidisciplinary telling of the journey to self awareness.

Twelve Torontonian artists from different cultural and professional backgrounds gather together to perform the best of contemporary and flamenco dance, physical theatre and original text and music to produce a fully original tale of the coming of age of a young woman.

“Picaza uses theatre as an accessible storytelling platform to delve into difficult and often polarized themes that often affect our sense of identity, like our birthplace, perceived familial duty, culture and romantic expression.”- Sofí Gudiño

Directed and choreographed by Sofi Gudino, Picaza features an eclectic and diverse cast of performers, including long time members Sam Yang and Kahvontay Willis, and newcomers Nazanin Meshkat, Hailey Gardiner, Nicole Haber, and True Skalde. The dancers perform to a range of traditional and experimental music, including live performances of traditional songs from Mexico and Venezuela, with original compositions by musicians Andrew Wiseman, Benjamin Barrile, and Mark Marji. The dance and music are brought full circle by original text in Spanish and English written by Eryka Gudino-Barthold.


  • Friday July 7th, 05:15 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 07:00 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 04:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 09:45 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 01:45 pm


  • Picaza plays at the Randolph Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. We recommend checking in with the venue box office at least 20 minutes before showtime.

Photo of Sofi Gudiño, Nazanin Meshkat by Andrea Perez Leon