Founded by Nova Bhattacharya and based in Toronto, Nova Dance expands the cultural space for the evolution of classical Indian and contemporary dance through evocative new works.

The Company

Established in 2008, Nova Dance is led by dancer and choreographer Nova Bhattacharya.

Nova's powerful dance works are intimate and emotionally charged testaments to the human spirit.  Bhattacharya was 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).  

Through the creation and presentation of powerful humanistic dance works in collaboration with choreographers, composers, and visual designers, the company invites audiences to embrace dance for the visceral experience it can offer.

"a dancer and choreographer of fierce intelligence and integrity with a delightfully wicked sense of humour."

- Bridget Cauthery, The Dance Current

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DeepEnd Weekend - Audience Tickets Available

Box officeThe DeepEnd Weekend returns to the Tarragon! Watch Season in a Day performances on Sunday June 25 at 7pm! Book here!


Our final speaker - Anjali Patil

Anjali Patil and I have been crossing paths for almost 20 years, and yet I BARELY know her - part of the reason I dreamt up A Day in the Life was so that I could get to know more about artists whose work has always drawn me in.  Anjali is one of those artists. Anjali has always impressed me because she has just been doing it: doing the practice, doing the work – and she’s been doing it in Ottawa, and in India, and frankly who knows where else?  She has a story about me that she’s planning to share (I had forgotten all about it!), so now I’m a little scared about what else she might remember that I don’t… She’s an award-winning artist, a stunning performer, and an inspired choreographer – and she’s the final speaker we have to introduce you to because it is almost here….the Deep End Weekend is this weekend!  We’ve got a few participant spots left, so connect with kiru {AT} novadance {DOT} ca if you want to join us!

Deep End Weekend - Susie Burpee

What do Susie Burpee, Johnny Depp & Will Farrell have in common?  Their physical comedy makes me laugh so hard I cry!  What do I have in common with Susie Burpee?  Our last names start with B, we love to make people laugh, and we’ve both lived in trailers.  She is a truly stellar personality who will no doubt keep us on the edge of our seats with riveting tales of her life in dance.  Originally from Manitoba, a former company dancer for Dancemakers and Le Groupe Dance Lab, an award-winning artist, a creator for dance and theatre, a trained clown, and the woman who unknowingly taught me how to roll on the floor - Susie Burpee is yet another of the incredible artists who is a part of this year’s Day in the Life line-up at The Deep End Weekend.  Email Kiru[at]novadance[dot]ca if you'd like to get on the wait list!

Deep End Weekend 2017 - Wait list now open!

Wow!  We are fully registered, and we have a growing wait list.......I guess a lot of people already know how awesome our speaker line-up for Day in the Life is!  Ross Manson, Artistic Director of Volcano Theatre is someone I have known for at least 20 years.  It started as a peripheral relationship - artists about town who connected from time to time - and then I got some pretty cool gigs because of Ross, taught for Volcano's Conservatory, and in 2013, after attending the same conference in Uganda, WE WENT ON SAFARI!!!  Ross is an actor and a director, and through his artistic directorship of Volcano he takes his own curiosity about the world and shares it with his collaborators to create works that stimulate the intellect, the conscience, and the spirit.  He has incredible stories, insights, and experiences - and I was FLOORED that he actually had the day available to join us! Here's a picture of us pre-Safari - Ross is second from the left:

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