Uptown Moves presents

Nova Dance & Parul Shah

Happening in the Lyric Theatre


Uptown Moves presents a dance double-bill with new ground-breaking work by Parul Shah Dance Company of New York and Nova Dance of Toronto. Both choreographers draw from classical Indian sources to create moving contemporary works that pay homage to and celebrate the strength of women.

The performance weekend includes a Kathak-based dance workshop with Parul Shah, pre-show and post-show artist talks with Nova Dance, and a Dance Night Out premium ticket that includes the dance performances, a screening of Sharada Ramanathan’s acclaimed classical Indian dance documentary Natyanubhava, and a catered Indian dinner. 



May 30, 2020

6pm    Film Screening (Dance Night Out Ticket Holders)
7pm    Dinner (Dance Night Out Ticket Holders)
8pm    Double-Bill Dance Performances 

 $40 – Double-Bill Dance Presentation
$75 – Dance Night Out ticket including the documentary screening, dinner, and double-bill dance presentation

May 31, 2020

3:30 pm Double-Bill Dance Performances - $40






Directed by Sharada Ramanathan, Natyanubhava is a documentary exploring the universal and timeless appeal as well as the diverse and evolved aesthetics of Indian classical dance. The film follows an evocative narrative from ancient to contemporary India, illustrating an artistic manifestation of the Indian civilisation. 52 minutes. 




They toil in arid fields while bearing and caring for children; balance heavy pots of water, cement blocks, and wooden planks on their heads; endure violence as a natural, cultural phenomenon. For many women, this is their shared plight: physical hardships and inequality protected under the canopy of tradition. Drawing from the classical source, Kathak, Enduring Silence by Parul Shah is a contemporary dance work featuring live music inspired by South Asian women and their ignored sorrows, resiliency, and profound strength. 40 minutes.


Incantations is a new work from award-winning Toronto choreographer Nova Bhattacharya featuring seven extraordinary dancers and a heart-pounding original score from long-time collaborator Ed Hanley. Integrating classical Indian dance, rhythmic recitation, and ritual gesture, the work dives deep into rich expressions of aesthetic beauty and spiritual connectivity in a celebration of female energy and power. The company’s distinct choreographic language is framed in unmistakable narrative; a stunning synthesis of classical technique, integrated with improvised movement, rigorously structured and performed with passion and precision. Incantations proposes a world conjured by women with love, compassion, and joy. This is an excerpt of a larger work to premier at The Sony Centre (soon to be MERIDIAN HALL) in October 2020. 35 minutes. 



Parul Shah Dance Company


The Parul Shah Dance Company is a New York-based North Indian classical and contemporary dance collective. Parul Shah is an internationally-acclaimed Kathak dancer and choreographer whose work is expanding the classical medium beyond cultural boundaries. With a dedication to excellence, Shah preserves Kathak’s aesthetic integrity while developing a unique and powerful vocabulary, and builds on the form’s mythological storytelling roots to explore universal narratives that explore the dynamic and often paradoxical nature of modern life. While upholding the emotive quality unique to Indian classical dance, Shah tells her own contemporary stories that foster understanding, empathy, and relationships between audience and performer.


Nova Dance


Founded by Toronto’s Nova Bhattacharya in 2008, Nova Dance’s goal is to integrate bharatnatyam into contemporary Canadian expression, as a baseline for telling new stories and radically reimagining ways to share the vitality of a fantastically multi-disciplinary form. Dance, music, theatre, ritual practice, math - bharatnatyam has it all.  Steps, recitation, acting, movements for eyelids, cheeks, fingers, eyebrows and more – we take all these things 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.





Sharada Ramanthan, Director, is a filmmaker and board member of the World Culture Forum, India. Her feature film Sringaram - Dance of Love, has been featured in international film festivals at Dubai, New York, Kerala and Los Angeles; winning three national and two state film awards in India. She has also been associated with the Ford Foundation, the India Foundation for the Arts, and SPICMACAY. Sharada is a widely published author on culture and development.


Rajiv Mehrotra, Producer & Commissioning Editor, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, is an independent filmmaker and Managing Trustee of PSBT. His work has won more than 200 awards and has had more than 1,400 film festival screenings. He is Trustee and Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama, established with the Nobel Peace Prize. Rajiv's nine books have been published in 50 languages. 





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