Nova Dance: Svāhā!

April 15 & 16, 2023 | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Room 4525 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver)

Register to audition by April 10

Award-winning dancer choreographer Nova Bhattacharya (Nova Dance) invites auditions for an opening invocation performance, presented alongside Svāhā! on July 14 and 15, 2023 as part of the Indian Summer Festival.

  • This is open to all women identifying dancers.
  • Students will enroll in CA 406: Contemporary Arts Practicum II (4 credits)

Deadline for the interest to participate is April 10 and the auditions are April 15 & 16, 2023, at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver).

About the Show

SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, DanceHouse, and Indian Summer Festival are co-presenting Svāhā! by Nova Dance.

Svāhā! is a celebration of dance as a revitalizing ritual that brings us closer together. It is an offering of movement, music, colours and sensations.

Created by award-winning Nova Bhattacharya, Svāhā! embodies the transformative power of dance, expressing the uniqueness of the individual and the value of community. Dancers surrender themselves, sparking the imagination, conveying a range of thoughts and sensations through movement and creating rhythm with their entire beings.

The Body Choir is an opportunity for dancers of all forms to learn from professionals, to immerse in the rehearsal process, learn new techniques, cultural practices and to perform on the stage at the Vancouver Playhouse prior to the main performance of Svāhā!

Course Details:

  • Students will enroll in CA 406 (120 hours + 20 hrs coursework); 4 upper level credits; graded.
  • Rehearsal and performance period will be covered by the practicum.
  • Dancers will be gifted a 5 ½ minute solo from Nova Dance
  • Rehearsals, tech and show times are not flexible: dancers must be available to attend.
  • As part of the 120 hrs, there will be a studio showing of the solos in September 2023.
  • Students should be in their 3rd or 4th year and need to have completed 60 credits.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

  • Must be Available: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 8, 9.
  • Rehearsals will take place from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM during this period: 30 hours total.
  • Performance & Tech: Vancouver Playhouse July 12 – 15, 2023.

Auditions Details

April 15 & 16 | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Room 4525 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver.

Register to audition by April 10

To register, send an e-mail to with the following:

  • kindly tell us about your dance practice, and why you’d like to be part of Svāhā! (statement or video)
  • include a photograph

To learn more about how the internship course works, please contact Barbara Adler (SCA Professional Development Coordinator):

April 16, 2023