The Gathering Evening Performances May 28: Newton Moraes Dance, The Seat Next to the King, Nova Dance, and Alluvial Plain

The Gathering Performances features Newton Moraes Dance, The Seat Next to the King, Nova Dance, and Alluvial Plain
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $20 |  Students $15
Register on Native Earth’s Box office

Newton Moraes Dance

Newton Moraes was born in Porto Alegre – Brazil. At an early age he started dancing Samba, playing soccer and then pursued studies of Physical Education at the Unisinos University in Porto Alegre. Later he studied Afro-Brazilian Dance, Jazz and street dancing. In 1991 he decided to move to Toronto with his late partner Robert Shirley Professor of Anthropology at University of Toronto and he studied Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Professional Programme at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and became a alumni student. His dance company Newton Moraes Dance Theatre performed to public and critical acclaim in Canada, Germany, Brazil, Colombia and Cuba. NMDT received support from Foreign Affairs Canada, Canadian Embassy, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, Laidlaw Foundation, Goethe Institute in Toronto.

Moraes has choreographed more than fifty works, both for himself and other dancers. Newton has collaborated with choreographer Patrick Parson in “Orixás Voice” and Dancing Spirits” two new dances created by the Ballet Creole for their season at the Premiere Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Newton also collaborated with Terrill Maguire in “Crazy to be born” at the World’s Fare Festival at Harbourfront Centre and Alexandro Ronceria in “Agua” at the Planet IndigenUS Festival in the water at the Harbourfront Centre.

Some of Newton’s mentors include Jean Sasportes from Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater, Fred Traguth, David Earle, Patricia Beatty, Danny Grossman, Marcelo do Nascimento and José do Nascimento (Brazil). Further studies were made in Releasing Technique with Stephanie Scura, Improvisation and butoh with Denise Fujiwara, Natsu Nakajima, Yomiko Yoshioka, Kurt Jooss Technique with Fred Traguth, Afro-Brazilian Spiritual Dance with Pai Beto do Xangó Aganju, gaga dance with Alvin W. Collantes and James Viveiros. Newton Moraes was part of the jury for the Dora Moore Awards 2017/2018 and SummerWorks Festival. One year MFA scholarship student student in choreography at York University. He is very happy with the celebration of NMDT 20th Anniversary season and the collaboration with Sharon DiGenova and his incredible talented performers: Ryan Kostyniuk, Andrea Rojas, Shakeil Rollock, Deltin Sejour and Katherine Semchuk.

Check out our interview with Newton Moraes 


The Seat Next to the King

In September of 1964, a chance meeting between two men reveals the bond they share and the ties connecting them to America’s most powerful leaders in playwright Steven Jackson’s stirring The Seat Next to the King.

Behind the door of a public washroom in Washington, D.C., two lives linked to the country’s most influential figures collide when a white man seeking a sexual encounter meets a black male stranger. Winner of the 2017 Toronto Fringe New Play contest, a festival Patrons’ Pick and a sold out run, this affecting work of historical fiction returns to tackle race, sex, identity, and the cost of reconciling each for two disparate human beings with a shared innate need.

Steven Elliott JacksonSteven Elliott Jackson is an award-winning playwright. His play, The Seat Next To The King won Best New Play and Patron’s Pick at The Toronto Fringe in 2017. The State Of Tennessee placed second in the same contest in 2007. The Seat Next To The King was published by Scirocco Press in April 2018. His new play, Statue Of Limitations will be premiering at Storefront Fringe in Kingston in July 2019 and The Seat Next To The King will be playing in Kitchener and Buffalo in June this year.

Nova Dance


Led by Founding Artistic Director Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance is a radically imaginative, contemporary dance company dedicated to reflecting the evolution of Indian classical dance on the Canadian scene. Over the past decade, the company has presented critically acclaimed works, arts events for all ages, and created a context for South Asian dance artists to take space with their art as an integrated part of Canadian cultural expression.

Alluvial Plain

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Alluvial Plain is a Toronto-based acoustic band featuring vocals, upright bass and drums. Lead singer Aruna Antonella Handa writes the songs, revealing eclectic influences including French chanson, classical Indian music, tango, folk, the blues, Motown and art song. Songs about elephants, riots, love, outer space, crickets, addiction, inner space and virtual space focus on vocal texture and textual rhythm. Currently the band is working on a debut EP, Of Bones and Addicts, and preparing a new show Voyage to Anthropocene, as part of the Future Food Salon series.

Check out the interview and performance by Alluvial Plain


Accessibility: Aki Studio Theatre, CSI and Regent Park Film Festival are accessible. Nia Centre for the Arts is partially accessible.

We aim to host a fragrance-free event. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products.