Founded by Nova Bhattacharya and based in Toronto, Nova Dance is a radically imaginative, bharatnatyam-inspired, contemporary dance company.

The Company

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.  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

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We've Started a Book Club!

Connecting theory to practice through self-directed study and sharing of texts related to dances of South Asian diaspora.  

Durga Puja at the Theatre Centre

We're celebrating Durga Puja October 15 - 19 at the Theatre Centre

Discover Dance is BACK!!

Discover Dance returns to the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the Sony Centre -- next dates October 9 & 10!

Sigma - Gandini Juggling

The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss-cross of rhythmic incandescence. March 16-17, 2019 at the Jane Mallet Theatre. Presented by Civic Theatre Toronto in association with Nova Dance.

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A Durga for our Times

From October 15-19, 2018 Nova Dance is bringing Durga Puja to The Theatre Centre. I should say that we are bringing what I think of as ‘the essence’ of Durga Puja to The Theatre Centre. For me, more than a religious ceremony, attending Durga Puja in Toronto was about watching community come together. Swathed in resplendent saris, preparing (and later consuming) offerings to the warrior goddess, catching up with friends and an overwhelming sense of belonging. All these things are also the inspiration for my new work Svāhā. In the same space where we’ll have the Puja, my collaborators and I will dive into its creation.  The Puja is part of our research into the sense of heightened emotion that bring participants together and connect them to something beyond themselves.

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