At Nova Dance we love to find ways to use bharatnatyam as our baseline for telling unique stories, and exploring new ways to share this powerful art form. Dance, music, theatre, ritual practice, math - bharatnatyam has it all. Steps, recitation, acting, movements for eyelids, cheeks, fingers, and eyebrows - there is so much to be inspired by.
Nova Dance is led by Nova Bhattacharya, the first graduate of Nrytyakala, The Canadian Academy of Indian Dance; Artistic Director Dr. Menaka Thakkar – and she furthered her studies with the late Guru Kittapa Pillai, and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan. A desire to create and perform works that moved beyond classical repertoire led her down an exhilarating path of exploration and collaboration with artists including Peggy Baker Dana Gingras, Jenn Goodwin, Ed Hanley, Sasha Ivanochko, Mika Kurosawa, Louis Laberge-Côté, Laurence Lemieux, José Navas, Tedd Robinson, and Dan Wild. She has created works for Toronto Dance Theatre, Blue Ceiling Dance/Lucy Rupert, and Dancemakers. Recent work in theatre includes Abyss, and Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon), and The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots). She has been nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and twice for the KM Hunter Award. In 2012 she was the winner of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for artistic achievement in dance, and in 2016 was awarded the Summerworks Outstanding Direction Award for Broken Lines (a duet for Neena Jayarajan & Atri Nundy).
"a dancer and choreographer of fierce intelligence and integrity with a delightfully wicked sense of humour."
- Bridget Cauthery, The Dance Current