About Newton Moraes Dance Theatre
Newton Moraes Dance Theatre 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 through the artistic vision and knowledge of its founder and artistic director: Newton Moraes. This includes especially the examination of Brazilian culture and the development of new forms of contemporary artistic expression.
History of Newton Moraes Dance Theatre
The Newton Moraes Dance Theatre has mounted regular season in Toronto since its creation in 1997. The company has toured extensively to critical acclaim in Canada, and elsewhere. It has performed in many of Toronto arts venues, including Premiere Dance Theatre, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Winchester Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum and fFIDA Dance Series at the Distillery District. It has also presented it work at Studio 303 in Montreal, Rhetoric Theatre in Saskatoon, Vancouver, Kitchener, and Mississauga Arts Center. The company toured several times to Brazil and performed in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Votorantim, Sao Joao da Boa Vista, Jundiai, Dracena, Presidente Prudente, Fernandopolis, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Joao do Rio Preto.
Over the years Newton Moraes Dance Theatre received support from Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Laidlaw Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Canadian Embassy in Brasilia, Canadian Consulate in Sao Paulo, General Consulate of Brazil in Toronto, City of Sao Paulo, City of Porto Alegre, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Choreographic Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Makal City Theatre in Stuttgart – Germany.
Newton Moraes Dance Theatre’s Goals
To inspire and provide role models for young people. Support dance artists who work with dance forms of the Latin American Diaspora in Canada and bring together dance professionals who preserve the history and traditions of Latin America and who foster an appreciation of its heritage. Increase the visibility of the sector, and improve understanding by disseminating information. Raise the level of critical discourse concerning the practice of dance forms of the Latin America diaspora in Canada. This will include creating an awareness of the complexity of Latin American dance as concept and encouraging closer critical engagement with the work of practitioners.
To provide an environment to support artists in the creation of innovative forms of artistic expression to reach the widest possible audience and to be cultural ambassadors, nationally and internationally.