Brazil & Portugal  


Newton Moraes’ livestream performance at Citadel Compagnie


Published 16/09/2020

Citadel + Compagnie (C+C) announces the second incarnation of Night Shift, an unique livestreamed event, co-presented with Fall for Dance North. Night Shift is an innovative take on presenting dance during these uncertain, pandemic times and will feature six powerful programs by Toronto-based performers, directed by Oscar-nominated Barbara Willis Sweete, and filmed live from The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, 2020 and available for free at




ASHE: Night Shift 2020

October 09, 2020 at 9:00pm

Choreographed by Newton Moraes, Ashe explores the explosion of body movements, markedly Luso-African, in a context where body and verbal language intertwine between the movement and the verbalization of national languages including, Emakhuwa, Changana, Elomwe, Portuguese and English.

Ashe affirms a dialogue between contemporary Brazilian technique and Canadian-Mozambican dancer Pulga Muchochoma’s movement vocabulary, and music by Matthew Reid. Moraes then adds a game of scenic lights that provoke reflections and questions about the necessity of intercultural voices communicating in a world threatened by isolation of groups of people and national communities.

Newton Moraes and Pulga Muchochoma have mutual respect and admiration of each other, deeply connected with their heritage, culture, music, dance and soccer.  Similar up bringing coming from working class families and influenced by their ties with their parents and their roots. One, a straight black man who is married and a new father, the other a proud LGBTQ person of colour, and both speaks Portuguese.

Muchochoma is a phenomenal performer member of Toronto Dance Theatre for eleven years under the artistic director Christopher House and has performed works by incredible choreographers in Toronto.  Moraes is the founder, artistic director, choreographer and researcher for the Newton Moraes Dance Theatre and his focus includes the examination of cultures and the development of new forms of contemporary artistic expression. Moraes is greatly influenced by his late partner Anthropologist Robert Shirley, and his mentor Jean Sasportes from Pina Bausch.


Choreographer: Newton Moraes

Performer: Pulga Muchochoma

Original Music: Mathew Reid

Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete


Night Shift is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada. 

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