Pulga Muchochoma (photo: Cylla Von Tiedemann)


Friday, October 9, 2020 at 9:00 pm

Night Shift 2020, Citadel + Compagnie Free Livestream at: https://www.citadelcie.com/nightshift-ashe/

Choreographer: Newton Moraes
Performer: Pulga Muchochoma
Original Music: Matthew Reid
Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
World Premiere

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 Read. 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

For more information visit the event page at: https://www.citadelcie.com/nightshift-ashe/

Watch the Rehearsal, October 6th

Watch Pulga Muchochoma rehearse with Newton Moraes on October 6 at 4:00 pm via Free Livestream on the Fall for Dance North website, part of their Open Studio program or live from the MERIDIAN HALL Terrace at Yonge & Front.

For more details visit our event page or the Fall for Dance website.


Newton Moraes
Pulga Muchochoma

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.

Night Shift 2020

Night Shift presents six boundary-pushing works in its dynamic second season

From traditional Sinhalese dance to street dance, bharatnatyam to western contemporary, this online dance event will stream live from The Citadel from Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2020

Presented by Citadel + Compagnie (C+C), Night Shift is a 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 citadelcie.com.

“We need dance now more than ever to make sense of our world.  This year’s Night Shift responds to these historic times with six stellar soloists, offering their dances to soothe our souls,”

Curator, Nova Bhattacharya of Nova Dance.

Currently in its second season, Night Shift has a mandate of presenting artists working in any and all forms of dance, and providing artistic and technical consultation for its Toronto-based artists. After receiving an overwhelming 101 applications, curators Nova Bhattacharya, Jon Drops Reid and Santee Smith reviewed the work with careful consideration and have selected six outstanding works submitted by Daniel Gomez, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, Newton Moraes, Natasha Poon Woo, Swadhi Ranganee, and Irma Villafuerte.

NIGHT SHIFT 2020: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2020

All livestreams begin at 9pm at citadelcie.com/nightshift

Wednesday September 30, 2020
Concrete Skin
Choreographer: Roderick George
Performers: Natasha Poon Woo and Roderick George

Thursday October 1, 2020
Choreographer: Daniel Gomez
Performer: Peter D’Souza

Friday October 2, 2020
Choreographer / Performer: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan

Wednesday October 7, 2020
Choreographer / Performer: Swadhi Ranganee

Thursday October 8, 2020
Choreographer / Performer: Irma Villafuerte

Friday October 9, 2020
Choreographer: Newton Moraes
Performer: Pulga Muchochoma

For more general information about the Night Shift 2020 series including high-res photos, bios, and head shots, please visit the Night Shift 2020 media page.

Citadel + Compagnie

Citadel + Compagnie is an award-winning professional dance organization led by artistic director, Laurence Lemieux, that creates, produces and presents works on local, national and international scales from its home base The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance in Regent Park, Toronto.