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  CALM ABIDING
By Nova Dance (Toronto)
Double billed with from thine eyes by Signal Theatre

  September 22 | 7:30pm | $18-$25
September 23 | 2pm | $18-$25
Sir James Dunn Theatre (Dalhousie Arts Centre)
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Nova Bhattacharya's powerful, humanistic dance works have been described as "a contemporary expression of the Bharatanatyam form … and more" (Vancouver Sun). She began her career as a dancer with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and as an independent artist appeared with a number of Canadian companies. In 2008 she founded Nova Dance, the company's productions have been presented from coast to coast in Canada as well as in Germany and Japan.

Calm Abiding, which premiered at the 2006 Canada Dance Festival, was fuelled by the belief that simplicity of movement can be more powerful than many words. Choreographer José Navas daringly combines high emotion with strict formalism. A worthy successor of Cunningham, he constructs abstract pieces geometrically, which are always delivered by virtuoso performers such as Bhattacharya.

"Nova Bhattacharya's solo performance of Calm Abiding shows the power of simplicity....the piece alternates between fast and slow segments, but throughout her performance, Bhattacharya exudes an entrancing personal intensity."
—Gord McLaughlin, Eye Weekly

Nova Bhattacharya's performances have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences and critics alike.

  THE CREATIVE TEAM
  Choreographer: José Navas
Music: Alexander Macsween
Costume: Liz Vandal
Performer: Nova Bhattacharya
Premiere: Ottawa, 2006

Calm Abiding was originally co-produced with the National Arts Centre and Compagnie Flak.

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