Citadel LIVE presents Nova Dance

Works by

Nova Bhattacharya and José Navas

Directed by

Barbara Willis Sweete

 

FREE LIVESTREAM
March 26, 2021 at 7pm ET
Limited time replay available until March 27 at 11:59pm
Presented by Citadel + Compagnie in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre

Elemental

Choreographer and Performer: Nova Bhattacharya 

Sound Design: Ed Hanley   

Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter 

Additional Sound Credits:  Ed Hanley (tabla, loops), Justin Gray (bass veena, electric guitar), Ben Grossman (hurdy-gurdy). Mixed and mastered by Justin Gray. Produced by Ed Hanley. 

Elemental, choreographed by Nova Bhattacharya, celebrates the act of dance through an offering of movement and emotion.  Using the most basic and primary elements of the performer’s technical training and creative influences, it exposes the architecture of the body in relation to music, invokes the imagination and stimulates the senses. This work was first performed in 2019. 

Calm Abiding

Choreographer: José Navas 

Performer: Nova Bhattacharya 

Music: Alexander MacSween 

Lighting Design: Marc Parent 

Costume Design: Liz Vandal 

Calm Abiding combines the choreographic craft of Venezuelan-born, Montrealer, José Navas with the dance language of Toronto’s Bengali-Canadian, Bharatnatyam artist, Nova Bhattacharya. It is a virtuosic solo, motivated by the belief that the simplicity of movement is more powerful than words. This work was first performed in 2006, and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. Nova Dance is grateful for production partners, National Arts Centre, and Compagnie Flak. 

Photo by Ed Hanley
Photo by Nova Bhattacharya
Photo by Dahlia Katz
Photo by Dahlia Katz
Photo by Dahlia Katz
Photo by Dahlia Katz
Photo by Ed Hanley

I’ve been dancing Calm Abiding for 15 years now, and each time I come back to it is like taking that favourite dress out of the closet, the one that you found at a consignment store and had to save up to buy, the one that always feels great on your body, and makes you feel like the best version of yourself, reminding you of the parties you went to, the people you laughed with, the dreams that came true.  The dance lives inside me at all times, and the work of bringing it out from mind, muscles and tissues into a tangible expression has been a comfort and a solace as we continue to navigate the pandemic.  

 

Elemental has been undergoing an exciting transformation as Laurence Lemieux and I have been conceptualizing the livestream.  It is a newer piece that was only performed a few times and now it is inching closer to an even more honest revelation of the basic and primary elements of my practice and creative inspirations. 

Nova Bhattacharya

Nova Bhattacharya

Nova Bhattacharya

Performer & Choreographer

José Navas

José Navas

Choreographer

 

Ed Hanley

Ed Hanley

Sound Design

Simon Rossiter

Simon Rossiter

Lighting Design

Alexander MacSween

Alexander MacSween

Music

Marc Parent

Marc Parent

Lighting Design

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