Date With Dance

Date with Dance is an outreach initiative created by Nova Bhattacharya, Artistic Director of Nova Dance. In an informal studio setting she discusses the roots of the bharatanatyam form in her work and presents excerpts of dances to animate the discussion.

The dances presented are Pushpanjali; a classical dance whose literal meaning is flower offering which offers a glimpse into both the abstract and narrative elements of the form; maskura and Related Fragments Remix, created in collaboration with tabla virtuoso Ed Hanley, demonstrate her use of the form in a contemporary aesthetic.

Through this lecture-demonstration audiences are given the opportunity to learn about how dances from other parts of the world are becoming very much a part of Canadian dance. It also serves as an excellent primer for contemporary dance and how it is evolving in Canada.

Tech Info

Date with Dance has been created to be flexible and easy to present in your venue. We require a sound system with amplification and a microphone (depending on size of venue). If presented on stage basic work lights are required.


Presenters with a password may view the following works that are part of the Date with Dance presentation:



Related Fragments Remix


April 21, 2012
Registry Theatre
Waterloo, Ontario

March 6, 2013
The Gladstone
Toronto, Ontario

March 7, 2013
Toronto Military Family Resource Centre
Toronto, Ontario

March 8, 2013
Soulpepper Theatre Camp
Toronto, Ontario

April 15, 2013
Heliconian Club
Toronto, Ontario

May 22, 2013
Amesbury Park Library
Toronto, Ontario

April 28, 2013
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company Studios
Toronto, Ontario

November 6, 2013
Sioux Lookout, Ontario

November 8, 2013
Dryden, Ontario

November 12, 2013
Kirkland Lake, Ontario

November 14, 2013
Deep River, Ontario