TESTOSTERONE - Excerpts
TESTOSTERONE is uniquely collaborative, requiring each dancer to fully trust themselves as well as each other, bringing their own elements to the choreographic process and performance. Within this theatrical laboratory, the dancers and I are able to move beyond socially expected responses to the pressing issues of sexual politics and to playfully express the myriad kinetic possibilities of hybrid humanity in a post-gender world.
Choreography: Newton Moraes
Dancers: Emilio Colalillo, Falciony Patino Cruz
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Cropley
Outside Eye: Stuart Wright, Julia Consentino
Rehearsal Director: Fabio Sena Sander
Artistic Mentor: Lola Ryan
Elevation and Improvisation: Allen Kaeja
Music: Arvo Part, Jimmy Scott.
Full cast in the original choreography: included Marco Placencio and Shakeil Rollock.
Testosterone was officially supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Mandala Travel Agency, Brasil Remittance and DanceWorks/CO-Works Series Event.
Many Thank you to: our community including Toronto Dance Theatre, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, COBA Collective of Black Artists, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Portuguese Department at the University of Toronto, Mimi Beck and DanceWorks, Rosslyn Eduard Jacobs and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Kevin Ormsby from Kashedance, Ronald Taylor, Bakari Lindsay, Charmaine Headley, Julie Hanson Bombardier and Board Member of Toronto Dance Theatre, Leonardo Tenan, Emmanuel Marcos, Gabriel Cropley – Lighting Designer NMDT, Marco Placencio from NMDT, Falciony Patino Cruz from NMDT, Emilio Colalillo from NMDT, Shakeil Rollock from NMDT, Pulga Muchochoma from TDT, Jason Martin from Marie Chouinard Dance Company from Montreal and all the audience members and friends who came to see the show and helped us with the Social Media.
NEWTON MORAES (Choreographer)
Newton Moraes was born in Brazil, he moved to Canada in 1991 and studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He has several mentors that helped him to his current focus and aesthetics including Jean Sasportes from Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater, David Earle, Danny Grossman, Allen Kaeja, Yumiko Yoshioka, Denise Fujiwara and Beto do Xango Aganju. He founded Newton Moraes Dance Theatre a dance 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. The company has toured extensively to critical and public acclaim in Canada and abroad with performances in Colombia, Cuba, US, Germany and Brazil. Newton is very happy with his recent Canadian citizenship as well as teaching dance at the Humber College Theatre Department and his 20th years anniversary with NMDT.
FALCIONY PATINO CRUZ (Performer) was born in Funza, Colombia. He began his training in Colombian folk dance at age seven with the group Zaquesazipa, in Funza. After finishing high school, Falciony was accepted into the Superior Academy of Arts of Bogota (ASAB) to study contemporary dance. During his time at ASAB, he was part of the folk dance group Orkeseos. In 2009, he moved to Toronto to join Ballet Creole as a student and company member. Two years later, he was invited to perform Men u Zin with Toronto’s Dilan Dance Company. He also performs with Pollux Dance and performed in their 2012 Ottawa Fringe Festival show Heterollectual, Love, and Other Dumb Ideas. In the spring of 2012, Falciony created Cabildo, a group that explores a contemporary approach to Colombian folk dance. Falciony is constantly experimenting with different dance styles from folk dance to contemporary to Afro-Brazilian, urban dance, capoeira and parkour. This is Falciony Patino Cruz’s third season with Newton Moraes Dance Theatre.
EMILIO COLALILLO (Performer) is a Toronto based dancer and choreographer. He is the founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of emMOTION. He began his training in Oakville, Ontario, Canada where he trained at an elite level in all disciplines of dance. He received his Bachelor Of Fine Arts in Performance Dance at Ryerson University. He has toured the world internationally as a dancer and choreographer. EmiMOTION has choreographed for Fresh Blood Festival in Toronto where his duet "AVIDITA" won the Paula Citron Award in 2014. He has been commissioned to do works Dance Matters, 60x60 and Creativiva where he choreographed Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Pinnochio and The Little Prince that toured Chengdu, China and the UAE to Dubai, Oman and Qatar. He has choreographed for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Miss Universe Canada 2015 and has produced four six full length contemporary dance shows in Toronto. Including, "Laughter, Love and Lessons", "Beauty?, "Survival", "Touch of Psycho", "VIRILEM" and "Luxuria". He has danced professionally in Denmark, Sweden, Japan with Corpus Dance Projecys in their productions of "Nuit Blanche", "Lea Moutons" and "A Flock of Flyers". He recently danced for the Canadian Opera Company as a features dancer at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in "La Traviata". He also danced at the closing ceremonies for the Pan Am Games at The Rogers Centre. Colalillo has also partnered with Alysa Pires as co-producer for a choreographic showcase held twice a year in Toronto called INVERSE. This is Emilio Colalillo second season with Newton Moraes Dance Theatre.
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 seasons in Toronto since its creation in 1997. The company has toured extensively to critical acclaim in Canada and abroad. The company has performed in many of Toronto arts venues, including Premiere Dance Theatre, Fleck Dance Theatre, Four Season Performing Arts, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Winchester Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum and fFIDA Dance Series at the Distillery District, the Aki Studio, the Rotunda at the Toronto City Hall, the York University Dance Department, the Mississauga Arts Centre and at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
The company has also presented its work at Studio 303 in Montreal, Rhetoric Theatre in Saskatoon, Free Flow Dance Centre in Saskatoon, at venues in Vancouver, Kitchener. 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. Newton Moraes Dance Theatre also toured to Germany with performance in Aub, Bonn, Bielefeld, Düsseldorf, Wurzburg, Potsdam, Stuttgart as well as the famous Rococo Garden in Veitshochheim Schloss.
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 goals
The following list outlines our goals and aspirations:
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 and encouraging closer critical engagement with the work of practitioners.
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.
Photo by: Kent Waddington
Dancers: Emilio Colalillo and Falcione Patino Cruz
Choreographer: Newton Moraes