Life Under My Skin: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Newton Moraes Dance Theatre premiering in Toronto at Fleck Dance Theatre

By Leila Monteiro Lins | photos: David Hou | November 11, 2022

Newton Moraes Dance Theatre returns to the stage with “Life Under My Skin”. It will be the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the company, choreographed by Brazilian Canadian choreographer Newton Moraes, with a phenomenal cast premiering in Toronto, at Fleck Dance Theatre – November 24th to 26th 2022.


“Life Under My Skin”  is an exploration of how artists deal with doubt, depression, worth and everything related how our body, image and inside of ourselves. Choreographed by renowned creator Newton Moraes, the piece examines what artists do to survive—taking on jobs and tasks that are far from the glamour of being artist, while posing the questions: Why do we do this? Why do we create art? Why do we dance? Created in collaboration with lighting designer Sharon DiGenova, composer Edgardo Moreno, and the performers, it is an imagistic tapestry of human expression, and bring together Toronto’s most talented dance artists.


is a company dedicated to the creation, performance and production of contemporary dance works to explore, maintain and develop the links between the arts of Canada and Latin America. Newton Moraes Dance Theatre had toured in Canada and internationally to public and critical acclaim.


Director, Choreographer, Performer, Founder and Researcher

Newton was born in Porto Alegre – Brazil. At an early age he started dancing Samba, and then pursued studies of Physical Education at the Unisinos University in Porto Alegre. Later he studied with Bale with Tony Seitz Petzold at the prestigious Bale Phoenix, Jazz with Anette Lubisco and Edison Garcia, Afro-Brazilian dance with Marcelo do Nascimento and Jose de Anchieta and street dancing.

In 1991 he decided to move to Toronto with the support of his partner world renown Anthropologist Robert Shirley who was a full-time professor at University of Toronto. When arrived in Toronto he studied Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Professional Programme at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Newton has choreographed and performed for several venues such as, DANCETALK, Arts Week ‘96 – at Damn Straight, the 808 Series and the Fringe in Toronto; and “VERNISSAGE” at Studio 303 in Montreal, plus The Field in New York. His first full evening presentation was “Beauty and Anguish” in 1994 at the George Ignatieff Theatre of the University of Toronto.

Creative Team:

Choreographer: Newton Moraes
Dancers: Maggie Armstrong, Daniela Carmona, Emilio Colalillo, Rumi Jeraj, Aryana Malekzadeh, Jianna Neufeld, Andrea Rojas, Brendan De Santis.
Composer: Edgardo Moreno
Lighting Design: Sharon DiGenova
Publicity Photos: David Hou

Dates: Thursday November 24th, Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th at 8:00pm
Location: Fleck Dance Theatre / Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queen Quay West Toronto (Wheelchair
Box Office: 416-973-4000   Tickets: $25 seniors and students $35 general admission. Click for tickets.

RDDP Publicity – Newton Moraes – 647-920-2883
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Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila tem mais de 35 anos de experiência em jornalismo e marketing. Em abril de 2010, ela fundou a revista DISCOVER no Canadá. Anteriormente impressa e distribuída duas vezes ao ano, a revista mudou para seu novo formato digital em outubro de 2020, facilitando a disponibilidade online na versão de bolso.

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