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Ritual Traces by NOVA Dance & Ed Hanley

kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2020

Official Selection Filmmaker Spotlight

Ritual Traces by NOVA Dance & Ed Hanley


Toronto, Canada

“Ritual Traces” is a Bharatnatyam, tabla, rock‘n’roll mash-up investigating the body as a filter for our emotions.

Nova Bhattacharya: Groundbreaking and award-winning dancer, choreographer and cultural leader, Nova crafts vivid images that invite the viewer on a journey of heart and mind. Her creative inspiration is found in her Bengali culture, Bharatnatyam practice, Scarborough rock’n’roll roots, painting, photography, literature, film, nature, rituals and the unending cycles of life and death.

Her critically acclaimed works have toured Canada, Germany, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and Uganda. Her choreography has been commissioned by several dance and theatre companies and she is the recipient of multiple awards and nominations for artistic achievement and contributions to community, including the 2012 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

Ed Hanley: Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – creator, performer, producer, photographer, cinematographer, recording engineer, video editor, educator, writer, and tabla player.

“A remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) *

Ed’s multimedia work embraces music, video and photography. Although best known as a practitioner of tabla, Ed's recent work in the visual world (including over 100 music videos) expresses the same joy, dynamism, love of collaboration, and attention to detail as his years as a touring and recording musician.



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