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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Deep End Weekend - Gein Wong

Day one of The Deep End Weekend is a speaker series - A Day in the Life.   Five fantastic artists share their path through life as an artist, their challenges, their inspirations, their hacks for doing it all, for aspiring for a better world, for getting out of bed and finding the resources to make art.  It is a great joy to bring together artists who I’ve known for EVER, artists I have just met, and artists I’ve known about for years but haven’t had a chance to get to know……. Day in the Life 2017 kicks off with the incredible Gein Wong.  Gein is of First Nations and Asian descent, and is Two-Spirited and Queer.  Her artistic practice is truly interdisciplinary, and cannot be contained by labels.  She is an incredibly good listener, and asker of hard-hitting, core-shaking questions.  This quality is always apparent when I take in work on which she has collaborated.  I can feel the energy with which she has imbued her contribution; this artist – their story – as expressed through their physical language, and their words.  I’ve only know Gein for three years (in this life), I’m eager to hear more of her story, and to have the chance to turn the tables and ask her some questions that grab her heart and mind.  She also has the most disarming giggle - that I’m determined to unleash!

The Deep End Weekend is BAAAAACK!!!

In 2014 I had this wild idea in the middle of the night; bring together a bunch of dancers trained in Indian classical dance styles (and other styles, and actors, and writers, and musicians); invite some inspiring artists to share their personal experiences; give everyone the chance to get into a studio and make art; share the art with the public!  Not only did the wild idea come to fantastic fruition in 2016, we are doing it AGAIN.  This year I'm thrilled to have dance, and theatre artists Susie Burpee, Anjali Patil, Ross Manson, Timea Wharton-Suri, and Gein Wong as speakers for Day in the Life on June 24th.  June 25th will bring back the one and only Gerry Trentham for the unforgettable experience of Season in a Day - participants get split into groups, assigned a super-fun team leader (Tanisha Taitt, Gein Wong, and others to be announced), given some creative prompts, and given the day to MAKE A WORK OF ART to be shared with an audience in the evening.  We do hope you'll join us.  If you are an artist please register to participate on Eventbrite, if you just want to see what happens when some of the city's incredible talents get thrown together - come by Tarragon Theatre at 7pm on the 25th.  Imagine my wild, fiendish, gleeful laugh here - I CAN'T WAIT!!! More info and registration here! 

International Women's Day

It would be really easy to post a picture from Infinite Storms, and a pithy little political shout out – you know, something like “the women of Infinite Storms salute the women of the world”.  Easy, but a little empty.  These days, one single day on the calendar doesn’t seem to matter much.  These days it feels like every day needs to be a reminder to be humane, to be just, to be aware, to do something to make the world a better place.  Still, it is International Women’s Day, and it feels important to recognize it, to claim it,  to honour it.  I’ve decided to make a donation to the Native Women’s Association of Canada. They work to advance the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, as well as their families and communities through activism, policy analysis and advocacy. Files being addressed by NWAC include: education, employment and labour, environment, health, human rights and international affairs and violence with a special focus on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.  I’m also making a donation to the Onaman Collective’s Land Fund to support their goal of building a permanent traditional knowledge, Indigenous languages, and arts camp.  Small gestures.  Big dreams.  Women.  Strength.  Compassion.  Resilience.

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