Nova Dance invites you to celebrate Saraswati Puja at The Theatre Centre!

Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī) - the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature
Puja (Hinduism), a ritual to host, honor or celebrate an event

The event begins at 11 AM in the Gallery for puja & performance (you will be asked to remove your shoes to enter).

Following the puja, the spirit of prasada will be honoured through a community meal in the café, at approximately 1 PM.

Prasada literally means a gracious gift, typically food that is first offered to a deity, and then distributed.

Nova writes: “As a child growing up in Toronto, Saraswati Puja usually meant I’d being wearing my dance costume under a parka, and heading out first thing on a cold, blustery, winter morning to a community centre, or dance studio, or even someone’s home. Once there, my father would perform the rites of the puja, and I, alongside many other Bengali children, would dance, sing, recite poetry, or draw a picture to celebrate and honour the goddess who loved the arts. We would eat the food that had been offered to the her, and wish that some of her “favourites” were served more often. I am filled with immense joy to be able to share this beautiful practice through Nova Dance’s relationship with The Theatre Centre.”

11 AM - Puja and Performance
1 PM - Prasadam in the cafe
The Theatre Centre is located at 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto. Attendance is free.

Discover Dance with Ashley Perez!

You are invited to Discover Dance, a free, all-ages, lunch hour series, where you will be introduced  to some of Toronto’s incredible dance artists. Hosted by the award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, Discover Dance is an hour packed with dance and conversation. You will have the opportunity to see dance and share your thoughts; to hear stories and ask questions; and to discover how dance forms from near and far are being woven in Toronto’s cultural scene. Admission is FREE. For more information regarding venue and accessibility please visit our partners

Ashley Perez by Soteeoh

Photo by Soteeoh

Ashley Perez, also known as Colours, is a dancer and choreographer making waves in the Canadian dance scene. Training in funk styles and hip-hop, she later specialized in voguing, waacking and house with mentors Jose Xtravaganza (New York), Archie Burnett (New York), Caleaf Sellers (New York), Jojo Zolina (Vancouver) and Kaiti Dangerkat (Calgary/New York). Ashley was awarded the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble in the Dance Division for Floor’d presented by Holla Jazz in 2018. We are thrilled to have her join us for Discover Dance!

Tuesday, February 12 - Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery

Wednesday, February 13 - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby

Both performance/conversations begin at noon and run for approximately 1 hour.

Deep End Weekend 2019

The Deep End Weekend will return in 2019!

September 14 & 15 @ The Theatre Centre in Toronto

The Deep End Weekend is a two-day creative immersion combining stimulating conversations and joyous surprising collaborations. On Saturday, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary artists share their experiences and thoughts on art and life. On Sunday participants work with Team Leaders to collaborate and create a Season in A Day, with performances for the public in the evening.

Led by Artistic Director Nova Bhattacharya, The Deep End Weekend aims to provide dance artists who have trained in dance forms of the South Asian diaspora the opportunity to consider their art as a vital and essential part of contemporary Canadian society; and collaborate with artists of a diverse range of practices and cultural backgrounds in the creation of new works.

The Deep End Weekend is a unique opportunity to work in and outside of your comfort zone in a supportive and challenging environment with a diverse range of aesthetics, artists and ideas. Participation for artists is free, as are the performances for audiences.

Registration will open in early 2019. Stay tuned for details!

Sigma - Gandini Juggling

A production from Gandini Juggling

Presented by Civic Theatres Toronto in association with Nova Dance

The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss-cross of rhythmic incandescence.

Sigma is a spectacular new cross art-form production in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. The production showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, celebrating the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music and classical Indian dance.

Gandini Juggling have a reputation for innovation, pushing the boundaries of their art form by combining dance and rhythm into their work and forcing the threshold of juggling in its own unique direction. Through Sigma, Gandini add to this multiplicity, investigating virtuoso classical Indian geometries combined with mathematics, rhythm and architecture. Sigma is designed to engage in a dialogue with the viewer, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.

March 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
March 17, 2-19 @ 2:00pm
Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Click here for more information and box office!

Civic Theatres Toronto is one of the city’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues and presenting a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events in both downtown and uptown Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts