More love for the DeepEnd Weekend!

Zab's Dancers

Thank you to Zab Maboungo for sending us these thoughts about her experience at The DeepEnd Weekend III. Her work espoire(hope) was a riveting example of what she refers to as “rhythm culture”, bringing individuals together through the discipline and rigour that is inherent to Indian and African dance forms. I sat in on her inspirational creative process and have been walking taller ever since!

“A spearheading initiative and a first-rate artistic encounter, thoughtful, carefully planned and hopeful, that has brought together artists and profesionnals, as well as the people, to hear and see them, in one of the most welcoming places in Toronto (The Theatre Centre), THIS was the DeepEnd Weekend that Nova Dance organized with their dedicated team. Congrats to all! We are grateful." Zab Maboungou, Compagnie Nyata Nyata


Photo of Zab Maboungou by Dahlia Katz

Top photo: Photo Dahlia Katz, performers Clayton Baston, Jaya Srivasta, Atri Nundy, Slavka Marcinicinova, Nikita Jariwala

A Love Letter to the Deep End Weekend

Sylvia at Deep End

Thanks to Deep End Weekend Speaker and Roaming Poet, Sylvia Hamilton, for sharing this work she penned as part of Season in a Day. 

Love Letter to Deep End Weekend’s Dancing Bodies

Our voices of doubt, our hopes for love.
What language do they dance in?

Lo Kay Toe/ Lo Kay Toe // Ka/ Ki / Ta / Taka/ Dahmei
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So they begin the fairy godmother says.
Let there be dance. Let there be dance at dawn,
at noon, at dusk.

Let there be dance when you sleep, when you wake.
Let there be dance to activate your mind,
embody your body, stir your spirit, tender your soul.

Be one with the earth, the sea, the sky.

What work can these bodies do?
Firewords like osmosis, peak ears, permeate bodies
inhabiting ever-changing spaces.

Roll and twist, foot slap, foot stomp, foot sweep.
Hand flutter, hand clap and knee bend.
Heel toe/ heel toe/ heel toe.

Let there be dance to shake the trees,
surprise the ants, kiss the monarchs in flight,
their delicate wings alighting our eyes
to see, to see, to see, to see.

Touch your lips with a dance of love,
infuse your body with moments of peace.

We hear you, we see you, we love you.
we salute you, oh beautiful bodies.

Sylvia D. Hamilton

The Dance Current Review: Decoding Bharatnatyam

“Story-Being” Nova Bhattacharya’s Decoding Bharatanatyam

Written by Brannavy Jeyasundaram

Introducing Shanthini’s Selections!

At Nova Dance we love to find ways to use bharathanatyam as our baseline for telling unique stories, and exploring new ways to share this powerful art form. So, not only do we want you to come see our shows, we want you to know about the incredible range of Bharathanatyam and carnatic music shows happening in and around Toronto; we also want you to know about performances highlighting a myriad of dance and music disciplines that originated in India. These productions feature highly skilled artists from Canada and around the world, providing fascinating glimpses into the rich and diverse arts practices of the South Asian diaspora – and Shanthini Kangesan is coming on board to keep us in the loop.

Shanthini is of Sri Lankan, Tamil heritage and she has been living and dancing in Canada since 1986. Like me, Shanthini is a graduate of Toronto-based dance school Nrtyakala, Indian School of Dance founded by Dr. Menaka Thakkar. Her dance studies are rounded out with a BA in Dance from Annamalai University’s Canada Campus in dance history, culture, and theory. A true dance addict she is currently training under Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon of Kalakshetra to further hone her skills as a bharathanatyam soloist.

With Menaka Thakkar Dance Company she’s performed in many cities across Canada, the US, and India. As an independent artist she’s performed numerous times in the world renowned Cleveland Dance Festival – dancing in productions created by leading choreographers from India.

Shanthini believes that dance imparts a certain level of confidence, sensibility and truthfulness that grounds you as a dancer, as a human being.   “It allows one to be enlightened, and to enlighten others. It is a beneficial state of earned by those who follow their passion, and this state of mind can be shared with audiences across cultures.” She hopes to spread the beauty and benefits of this art-form in many communities across Canada, and Nova Dance is excited to partner with her by hosting “Shanthini’s Selections” – listings of the many fantastic shows that are happening – go on, venture off, try something new!

You can follow Shanthini’s Selection by liking us on Facebook, IG: novadance or on Twitter:NovaDanceCa. Sign up for our e-blast and you’ll get access to discount tickets and special offers for friends of Nova Dance!

Decoding Bharatnatyam Review

Check out Deidre Kelly's review of Nova Dance's most recent mixed bill program that was presented by Citadel+Compagnie as part of their Bright Nights series.