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Mutual Dance Theatre in The Modern Mix Series 2025

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Fri • May 30, 2025

7:30pm performance
+ free post-show Q&A

Sat • May 31, 2025

7:30pm performance
+ 7:00pm free pre-show interview


Aronoff Center for the Arts
Jarson-Kaplan Theater

650 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Entertaining and Enlightening:

A Fascinating Mix of Modern Dance

Each installment of the Modern Mix series offers a fascinating collection of daring new work. Join our resident Mutual Dance Theatre company in an entertaining and enlightening mix featuring a commission from Kyle Sangil (Seattle), Achinta S. McDaniel (Los Angeles), and Susan Honer (Dayton).

Additional Opportunities with Mutual Dance Theatre

Free post-show Q&A: Following Friday, May 30, 2025 performance

FREE with admission: stick around following the performance for an audience talk-back!

Saturday pre-show interview: Preceding Saturday, May 31, 2025 performance

FREE with admission: arrive when the house doors open at 7:00pm for a pre-show interview with choreographers and Mutual Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Jeanne Mam-Luft. These pre-show interviews provide insight before viewing the work.

Community dance class on Saturday, May 31 2025

$16 pre-registered, $21 at the door. All bodies, all levels (no experience necessary): take a community movement class with choreographer Susan Honer! MORE INFO HERE.


Community Movement Class

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2025 AT 12PM

Choreographer Susan Honer will lead movement and mobility exploration for people of all or no experience levels. Pre-register to save $5.



Mutual Dance Theatre is our resident company, residing here in the Cincinnati area year-round. Here, the meet the choreographers of The Modern Mix Series 2025.

Susan Honer

Guest Choreographer

Susan Honer hails from Virginia and has been performing and choreographing in Southwest Ohio since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Hollins University in 2004 and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival in 2008. She has studied with renowned teachers and artists such as Donna Faye Burchfield, David Dorfman, Jennifer Nugent, Gerri Houlihan, Douglas Becker, Miguel Gutierrez, and Pamela Pietro. Susan worked with Mutual Dance Theatre (then MamLuft&Co. Dance) from 2010-2019 as a dancer, choreographer, and company director. She has set her own work on regional ballet schools including Northwest Florida Ballet and Southwest Virginia Ballet. She has travelled to universities to set Müda repertory on universities such as Kent State and Northern Kentucky University. Susan regularly collaborates with sound and multimedia artist Sean Simon to create original music for her work. Susan’s work Iceman 3000 received an NEA grant through MDT which premiered at the Cincinnati Art Center in 2018. Her work has been seen at festivals in North Carolina for the Merge Records’ 20th Anniversary Performance, Connecticut College’s Art and Technology Symposium, Cincinnati’s Area Choreographer’s Festival, at the WUK in Vienna, Austria, and in Virginia and New York City. Susan is owner of Present Body Pilates in Dayton, Ohio where she teaches Pilates, Roll Model Method® self myofascial release, and SmartSpine© Therapeutic Bodywork.

Achinta S. McDaniel

Guest Choreographer

Achinta S. McDaniel, a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance in the United States, is the founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Blue13 Dance Company, with a recent world premiere presented by the prestigious Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA. She choreographs for the screen as well, from music videos for DJ Snake and The Strokes to TV shows like “New Girl,” “The Amazing Race,” to commercials including Madden NFL and Heineken, and for Walt Disney World on both American coasts.

A prolific choreographer, performer, and instructor, McDaniel’s style draws from diverse techniques, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, bhangra, Kathak, and Bollywood. Her work is highly dramatic and a true reflection of her upbringing: Eastern and Western, mysterious, rebellious and unconventional.

McDaniel was born in Queens and grew up studying dance in Cleveland, Ohio, where she got her start as a choreographer at Hathaway Brown School at the age of 14. Throughout school, she danced in ensembles at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve, thereafter graduating from New York University with a BA in Choreography, Dance, and Theatre.  She later studied classical Indian Kathak in Bangalore, India with guru Maya Rao.

Kyle Sangil

Guest Choreographer

Kyle Sangil (he/him) is a professional artist with Whim W’Him Dance currently residing in Seattle, WA. Kyle was born in the Philippines and moved to Beaumont, Texas at the age of five. He then began his training at iRule Dance Studio at the age 14. Kyle started with Hip Hop and around the age of 16 he started training in Ballet. He also has had the chance to experience additional training with Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Fast forward to college, Kyle earned his BFA in 2022 in Ballet at Point Park University.  Kyle is currently about to start his 3rd season with Whim W’Him. He has had the joy to work with choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Olivier Wevers, Rubberlegz, Emilie Leriche, Hannah Garner and many more talented individuals.  Kyle is thrilled to be starting his 3rd season with Whim W’him and can’t wait to see what it holds.

Company Members

Read more about each of Mutual Dance Theatre’s resident Company Members here.

Claire Dieringer
Linda Garza
Kaleigh Hampton
Ana Hart
Evelyn Lackney
Celeste Kennington
Paloma Perez-Rojas
Caroline Nymberg
Hannah Williamson
Courtney Ziegelmeyer
Presented by Mutual Dance Theatre and the Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series

Blue13 Dance Company

OCT 25-26, '24

Mutual Dance Theatre in Up-Close: Nature/Nurture

DEC 6-14, '24
Presented by Mutual Dance Theatre and the Jefferson James Contemporary Dance Theater Series

Whim W'him

MAR 7-8, '25

Mutual Dance Theatre in Modern Mix '25

MAY 30-31, '25


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