Pulga Muchochoma was born in Quelimane, Mozambique. His dance career and training began in Quelimane with Montes Namuli Dance Company. In August of 2006, he came to Toronto with the company for the International AIDS Conference. With Montes Namuli/Shakespeare Link Canada, he performed in several shows in venues in Toronto and Mozambique. When Montes Namuli returned to Mozambique, Muchochoma stayed in Toronto to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he had the chance to work with many choreographers like Coralee McLaren, D.A. Hoskins, Danny Grossman, Darryl Tracy, James Kudelka, Massimo Agostinelli, Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, Sasha Ivanochko, Sharon Moore and William Yong. He has worked with Toronto Dance Theatre under Artistic Director Christopher House from 2009 till 2020. During his time with TDT he has had the pleasure of working and collaborating with local and international choreographers such as Christopher House, Ame Anderson, Veronica Tennant, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Tawiah Ben McCart, Patricia Beaty, Thomas Hauert, Heidi Strauss, Estelle Clareton, Deborah Dunn, Deborah Hay, Simone Orlando, Josh Beamish, Alban Richard, Jean-Paul Kelly, Alicia Grant, Jeanine Durning and more. Also with TDT, Muchochoma participated in the 2015 Opening ceremony of the Toronto Pan Am Games with Cirque du Soleil and NBS. He is also the creator and founder of African Dance and Fitness with Pulga since 2015.
Heidi Strauss is in interested in how people interact with each other, and with their environments. As Artistic Director of adelheid, she develops new performance works and initiates programs for other artists – currently including re:research, (for emerging dance creators) and Cohort (for makers integrating digital technologies into creation). She has been a resident artist at the Factory Theatre, The Theatre Centre and Harbourfront Centre. Her film collaborations have been screened at dança em foco (Rio de Janiero), nu2’s IDN festival (Barcelona) and d:mic (Toronto). She has been commissioned by/choreographed for Toronto Dance Theatre, Mocean Dance, The Frankfurt Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Volcano, and the Stratford Festival. Heidi is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Dance and multiple Dora Awards. www.adelheid.ca