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.