Svāhā is an epic pageant of dance, chant, and ritual performed by women. At the heart of the work is choreography by Nova Bhattacharya for 15 Indian classical dancers, sharing the stage with a body-choir of performers from Indian dance training programs. With the large cast for Svāhā, Nova delves into the integration of classical vocabulary with improvised movement, along with elements of body percussion, vocalisation and transmission that are inherent to Indian dance. A driving, compelling, ceaseless, and loud celebration, Svāhā pays homage to South Asian Canadian women through an offering of joy, faith, and female collectivity, offering the audience an immersion in a visual and sonic experience inspired by rituals of the South Asian diaspora. Show available in 2020.