Red & Yellow @ the Citadel

We're thrilled to be part of CITADEL DANCE MIX 2019, an amazing triple bill!

November 27-30, December 4-7, 2019

Citadel + Compagnie - 304 Parliament Street

Click here for tickets and additional info.

Red & Yellow
Choreographer: Nova Bhattacharya
Dancers: C+C members
Lighting designer: Simon Rossiter.
Score: Santosh Naidu & Ian DeSouza

Bhattacharya’s Red & Yellow is a meditation on finding solitude inside the multitudes. Originally created for Dancemakers in 2011, Citadel + Compagnie is thrilled to be remounting this visually stunning quintet that is a poetic, metaphoric and humane expression of body and spirit.

Black Ballerina
Choreographer: Syreeta Hector
Dancer: Syreeta Hector

Based on Hector’s relationship to race, and her experiences in classical ballet, Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of the nuances within one’s identity, and the unconscious ways that we all try to fit in. Performed by Hector, Black Ballerinabrings an unbridled energy to this triple bill.

close encounters in the fifth dimension
World premiere
Choreographer: Christianne Ullmark 

Tia Kushniruk 
Margarita Soria 
Christianne Ullmark 

close encounters in the fifth dimension is a meditative experiment of arrivals and departures, and of meeting the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ somewhere in the middle.

Nova Dance at Uptown Moves

May 30 & 31, 2020

Lyric Theatre - 5040 Yonge St, North York

Uptown Moves features a dance double-bill with new ground-breaking work by Parul Shah Dance Company of New York and Nova Dance of Toronto. Both choreographers draw from classical Indian sources to create moving contemporary works that pay homage to and celebrate the strength of women.

The performance weekend includes a Bharatanatyam-based dance workshop with a member of Nova Dance, pre-show and post-show artist talks with Nova Dance, and a Dance Night Out premium ticket that includes the dance performances, a screening of Sharada Ramanathan’s acclaimed classical Indian dance documentary Natyanubhava, and dinner catered by Little India. 

For tickets and additional info, please visit the Meridian Arts Centre website

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Svaha National Audition - Standing Call


Nova Dance is extending our search for female and female identified dancers across Canada from all Indian classical backgroundsfor the production of Svāhā, an epic pageant of dance, chant, and ritual choreographed by Nova Bhattacharya premiering in October 2020 in Toronto, followed by a national tour.

Please submit your dance CV or bio, and one video file including: 1 example of nritta (3 minutes) AND 1 example of abhinaya (3 minutes) to svahaauditions@gmail.com. 

We request rehearsal video if possible, and if you have experience with nattuvangam please also include an example of recitation.

Please clearly indicate the city in which you reside.  All emails will be answered.


Svāhā is a new work for an ensemble of Indian classical dancers, sharing the stage with a body-choir of up to 75 performers from Indian dance training backgrounds. Delving into the integration of classical vocabulary with improvised movement, along with elements of body percussion, vocalisation and transmission that are inherent to Indian dance.  A driving, compelling, ceaseless, and loud celebration, Svāhā pays homage to South Asian Canadian women through a presentation of joy, faith, and female collectivity, offering the audience an immersion in a visual and sonic experience inspired by rituals of the South Asian diaspora.

Contracts will include 2 weeks in September 2019, 3 weeks in May 2020, and 3 weeks in October 2020.