At Nova Dance we love to find ways to use bharatnatyam as our baseline for telling unique stories, and exploring new ways to share this powerful art form
Led by Founding Artistic Director Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance is company with a contemporary approach to Indian dancetechniques – bringing Indian forms to Canadian dance and Canadian dance towards anew future. The company presents critically acclaimed works and arts events, creating a context for South Asian dance artists to take space with their art.
Our vision is to extend the artistic space and the story of Canada, and to achieve fairer and more enlightened representations of the diversity inherent in the performing arts. We present art of the highest caliber to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Transporting audiences to a place of wonderment with work that ranges from solos to ensembles and collaborative creations, Nova Dance celebrates and challenges the art form of dance with daring, thought-provoking creations and inclusive programming. The artistic vision of the company is propelled by a desire to integrate the aesthetics of Indian performance practices into contemporary Canadian cultural expression; to collaborate and query; to hold our histories while reflecting the present; and to dream the future with dance.
Choreographer, dancer and cultural leader, Nova Bhattacharya’s powerful and humanistic dance works emerge from three decades f practice in the multi-disciplinary art form of bharatnatyam. Described as “radical work that pulls apart notions of power, tradition, and ritual, puncturing exoticism and queries the contemporary” her creations offer poetic, metaphoric, and mythic exaltations of the human spirit. In 2012 she received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for artistic achievement in dance, and in 2016, the Summerworks’ Outstanding Direction Award.
Associate Dance Artist at Nova Dance, Neena Jayarajan is an independent artist with extensive experience inbharatnatyam and odissi dance techniques. Her primary training was under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar, and during her time with The Menaka Thakkar Dance Company she studied with Padma Bushan Kalanidhi Narayan in abhinaya, CV Chandrashekar in bharatanatyam and Sujatha Mohaptra in odissi. A respected teacher, Neena taught at Menaka’s academy Nrytyakala for over 15years, conducting arange thrams for more than 40 students. She has assisted in conducting various workshops across Canada to students of all ages and backgrounds. She has appeared in the works of several choreographers including Natasha Bakht, Sylvie Bouchard, Danny Grossman, Bengt Jorgen, William Lau and Brandy Leary.
She is currently working on Ovids Metamorphosis with Theatre Smith Gilmour.