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, who brings her classical bharatanatyam training into the world of contemporary dance with elegance and authority. Through a varied and acclaimed repertoire - which includes creations from Bhattacharya, Peggy Baker, Mika Kurosawa, Dana Gingras, José Navas, Menaka Thakkar, and Laurence Lemieux - audiences are exposed to an expanse of movement drawn from classical vocabulary, integrated with improvised movement, rigorously structured and performed with passion and precision.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bhattacharya has developed an intriguing body of work - ranging from full length classical recitals to powerful contemporary solos and duets - that showcases today’s bharatantayam and Canadian contemporary dance with a South Asian sensibility. Her performances have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences and critics alike, and have been presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto's Danceworks and Kalanidhi Fine Arts, Vancouver's Dancing on the Edge, Tokyo’s An Creative and at fabrik Potsdam / 17th Potsdamer Tanztage – International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

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.

"[Nova Bhattacharya] dances with a kick-ass authority that brings a contemporary edge to classical Indian dance."

- eye Weekly

"Bhattacharya ... smoulders ... She is a born storyteller and a purveyor of moods, her intense eyes holding the watcher in their grip, while her expressive, compact body radiates emotion."

- The Globe & Mail

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Infinite Storms

A new group work, part of the Theatre Centre's DANCE CARD series, January 26 - 29, 2017. BOOK NOW!

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Congratulations Neena!

Neena Jayarajan is one of 34 Ontario artists to receive a 2016 Chalmers Arts Fellowship!
 
The Chalmers family has a well-known history as one of Canada’s premier patrons of the arts. Long associated with the founding and support of a number of arts institutions, they have also demonstrated a commitment to supporting the individual artists who contribute to Canada’s culture.  Chalmers Arts Fellowships support artists in Ontario to examine, investigate, explore and/or experiment with style, technique, method, or an issue or concern in their arts practice. The program allows artists to dedicate themselves to their arts practice, thereby making a significant impact upon their careers beyond a single project.
 
Neena has been awarded funding from this highly competitive program to experiment with ensemble choreography on bharatanatyam dancers; collaborate with Ravi Jain on a project with actors; and work with yours truly (Nova Bhattacharya) on the creation of a new solo.
 
As the recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship myself in 2003, I know how meaningful it is to receive such an endorsement of one’s artistic endeavors.  The Fellowship provides a formal construct for the time and space required to dream big and dive deep into creativity.  I'm not in the least bit surprised that Neena has been recognized for her passion and formidable talent!  Watch out world, here she comes!

Sudha Thakkar-Khandwani

Sudha Thakkar-Khandwani - it's unlikely that she will rest in peace. She'll be explaining to Prince and Bowie that Indian dance rocks. She'll be convincing Shiva and Parvati to have another dance-off. She'll be just as busy supporting and nurturing dance, dancers, art and artists in the hereafter as she was in the here. Thank you, thank you for all you did Sudha-ben; you changed the face of dance in Canada.

Arts Day on the Hill

On Tuesday October 25, Nova joined arts colleagues from across the country for Arts Day on the Hill in Ottawa. Delegates met with MPs of all stripes to thank the Federal Government for recent increases in arts funding, and to continue to lobby for long term commitments for programs that support Canadian artists. Nova was charged with introducing the Honourable Minister for Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly.

The Work