Natasha Bakht, board member and artistic committee member
Natasha Bakht is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer who trained in bharata natyam under Governor-General Performing Arts Medalist Menaka Thakkar for 20 years, touring internationally with her company. As a member of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in London, England, Bakht toured and performed in celebrated dance venues around the world. She has also worked with choreographers Peggy Baker, Yvonne Coutts, Wayne McGregor and Roger Sinha. Bakht’s choreography includes solos for herself and commissions for other dancers and companies. She is the recipient of many accolades including: the K.M. Hunter Artist Award (2008), a Femmy for being a Feminist Thought Leader in the National Capital Region (2017), the Ottawa Arts Council’s Mid-Career Artist Award finalist (2018), twice nominated for Dora Awards for outstanding choreography (2003, 2010), and listed by Ottawa Life Magazine as among the Top 50 People in Ottawa (2009). Her dances have been the subject of two films by Mouvement Perpétuel. Natasha has been described as “a brilliant diamond” (Dance Current), a “powerhouse” (Hindustan Times)…“all honed to the bone elegance and precision” (Vancouver Sun). She is also a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and the Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession.
photo: Michael Slobodian