Founded by Nova Bhattacharya and based in Toronto, Nova Dance expands the cultural space for the evolution of classical Indian and contemporary dance through evocative new works.

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Nova BhattacharyaEstablished in 2008, Nova Dance is led by dancer and choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, who brings her classical bharatanatyam training into the world of contemporary dance with elegance and authority. Through a varied and acclaimed repertoire - which includes creations from Bhattacharya, Peggy Baker, Mika Kurosawa, Dana Gingras, José Navas, Menaka Thakkar, and Laurence Lemieux - audiences are exposed to an expanse of movement drawn from classical vocabulary, integrated with improvised movement, rigorously structured and performed with passion and precision.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bhattacharya has developed an intriguing body of work - ranging from full length classical recitals to powerful contemporary solos and duets - that showcases today’s bharatantayam and Canadian contemporary dance with a South Asian sensibility. Her performances have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences and critics alike, and have been presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto's Danceworks and Kalanidhi Fine Arts, Vancouver's Dancing on the Edge, Tokyo’s An Creative and at fabrik Potsdam / 17th Potsdamer Tanztage – International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

Through the creation and presentation of powerful humanistic dance works in collaboration with choreographers, composers and visual designers, the company invites audiences to embrace dance for the visceral experience it can offer.

"[Nova Bhattacharya] dances with a kick-ass authority that brings a contemporary edge to classical Indian dance."

- eye Weekly

"Bhattacharya ... smoulders ... She is a born storyteller and a purveyor of moods, her intense eyes holding the watcher in their grip, while her expressive, compact body radiates emotion."

- The Globe & Mail

the work

"Equal parts siren and technical dynamo, the diminutive performer with the burning eyes shows you the soul behind the dance."

- The Globe & Mail

"Her style is personal and the tradition of classical modern dance."

- Toronto Star




Nova Dance
153 Delaware Avenue
Toronto ON M6H 2T2

Represented by:
Meredith Potter Arts Management
251 Crawford Street
Toronto ON M6J 1K5
ph: 416 538 4436 cell: 416 804 4164
fax: 416 538 5619

If you would like to make a donation to support the company’s activities, please make your cheque payable to Nova Dance and mail it to:

Nova Dance
C/o Meredith Potter Arts Management
251 Crawford Street
Toronto ON M6J 2V7

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Canada Helps

Nova Dance (Ipsita Nova Dance Projects Inc.) is a registered charity. All donations are eligible for an official tax receipt.

Nova Dance gratefully acknowledges project support from the Metcalf Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

  • Metcalf Foundation
  • Canada Council
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Toronto Arts Council