Todd Sutherland was born in Queensland and received his early training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (2001) and later at the Australian Ballet School (2002-2004). In 2004, Todd toured with the Dancer’s Company (Australian Ballet) before accepting a contract with Walt Disney Productions for performances in Tokyo, Japan (2005-2007). In 2006 he joined Queensland Ballet where he remained until the end of 2010, dancing in numerous works by Artistic Director Francois Klaus including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin, as well as in works by guest choreographers Timothy Brown, Gareth Belling, Csaba Buday, Louise Deleur, Lisa Wilson, Natalie Weir and Nils Christie.
Todd is an accomplished gymnast, having been the Queensland All-round State Champion from 1999-2001. He was also a member of the Australian Gymnastics Team and the Australian National Floor Exercise Champion, reaching Level 9 in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in 2001.
Todd joined Sydney Dance Company in 2011. He has performed in Rafael Bonachela’s LANDforms (2011); we unfold (2011); 6 Breaths (2011); The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011); 2 One Another (2012-2015); Project Rameau (2012-2013); Emergence (2013 and 2015); Scattered Rhymes (2014) and Frame of Mind (2015), New Breed (2015) and Triptych (2015). Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.
He has also performed in Stephanie Lake’s Dream Lucid as part of Contemporary Women in the Spring Dance Festival (2012) and Elektra (2014); Alexander Ekman’s Cacti (2013 and 2015); Andonis Foniadakis’ Parenthesis; Gabrielle Nankivell‘s Wildebeest New Breed (2014) and William Forsythe’s Quintett (2015).
Todd was a part of the 2013 collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms, where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door. He also toured North America, South America and Russia with the acclaimed 2 One Another, winner of the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’. Todd was recently awarded ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ for Lux Tenebris in Dance Australia’s 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards.