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Support a DCD & Nova Dance Collaboration

DCD is excited to collaborate with Nova Dance on a new publication – Rituals of Dance and Gathering: The Journey to Svāhā – to accompany choreographer Nova Bhattacharya’s epic, groundbreaking work Svāhā. But we need your help to get there.

Thanks to a generous donor, your contribution to this project will be matched up to $10,000!

With a series of writings by Brannavy Jeyasundaram and a mixture of prose, poetry, photography and personal reflections from dancers and collaborators, Rituals of Dance and Gathering: The Journey to Svāhā will celebrate the constellation of artists and artistic practices that contributed to the production of Svāhā — a pageant of dance, chant, and ritual set to premiere in September 2022. It is an offering to dance artists and audiences who believe the spirit of art-making lies in ceding, sharing, and transforming space. It will combine stories of choreographic processes and performance by Nova Dance across Toronto beginning in the late 1980s to the present day while setting intentions for the future.

Nova Dance

Nova Bhattacharya (centre) with Prajakta Dravid, Neena Jayarajan, Rachana Joshi, Arno Kamolika, Meera Kanageswaran, Jwaalini Muralidaran, Supriya Nayak, Atri Nundy, Nivedha Ramalingam, Kiruthika Rathanaswami, Malavika Santosh, and Sukruti Tirupattur, Deep End Weekend, 2019 / Photo: Dahlia Katz

For more on Svāhā, visit:

Rituals of Dance and Gathering: The Journey to Svāhā will launch at the premieres of Svāhā in Toronto and Vancouver in 2022 and 2023 – we’re really looking forward to seeing you in person!


Cheques can be mailed c/o Jay Rankin, 151 Silver Birch Ave, Toronto, ON  M4E 3L3

About Brannavy Jeyasundaram…
Brannavy Jeyasundaram is a writer and bharatanatyam dancer. Her main interest lies in exploring movement traditions and memory formation through understanding histories of displacement. Presently, she works as the Operations Officer at the non-profit organization People For Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) and helps organize participatory arts initiatives with the Tamil Archive Project. She is also the Managing Editor of Adi Magazine. Her writing can be found in The Local, The Dance Current, Jacobin, and Tamil Guardian, among other publications.

About Nova Dance...
Founded by Nova Bhattacharya in 2008, Nova Dance brings new ideas to dance, re-inventing the possibilities of the art. The company breaks down conventions and encourages new talent with the best and most exciting in performance the world over. Nova Dance works with artists from many art forms and a multitude of backgrounds to create a community that celebrates the life-force of art in our lives. Nova Dance exists to bring contemporary Canadian dance towards a new future. Embracing diversity as creative inspiration for a body of work that has garnered awards, national and international recognition, and most importantly made connections with audiences and communities. The company presents critically acclaimed works and arts events, creating a context for artists of the global majority to take space with their art. We are passionate about diversity at  Nova Dance, and believe that bringing differences together always leads to greater things. The company is dedicated to creating meaningful points of intersection for dance and audiences, supporting artists, and celebrating the role of the arts in a vital society.

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