Rovaco Dance Company was founded in New York City in 2015 by Artistic Director Rohan Bhargava. Over the years, the company has produced a unique form of contemporary dance-theater, which blends floorwork, release, and partnering into one fluid whole, in multimedia collaboration with designers and composers.
Repertory has been presented by Provincetown Dance Festival, Tamasha NYC, and Create:Art. The company has been a Resident Artist at Dancewave, the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, and the CUNY Dance Initiative at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Commissions have come from Mannes School of Music, Mare Nostrum Elements, Making Moves Dance Festival, and the Dance Gallery Festival.
Rovaco provides outreach opportunities through masterclasses, lecture demonstrations, open rehearsals, and post-show discussions.
Rovaco presents contemporary narratives through immersive concert dance with the goal of sparking social, cultural, and political conversations. Transforming quotidian gestures and motions into fully embodied phrases, our movement aesthetic aims to unearth the cathartic in the everyday.
In the past, our work has found thematic context in the power dynamics of relationships, sex and addiction under capitalism, as well as queer experiences of each. More recently, the company has delved into issues of cultural representation and understanding with a focus on the Indian sub-continent. Our dissecting and celebrating of Indian culture intends to create a safe space for contemporary Indian artists to explore their identities and artistic voices. Simultaneously, it is our duty to provide authentic cultural experiences to audiences, allowing them to examine their own embodiments of culture, and how they interact with those of others.
In cultivating this relationship with audiences, Rocavo seeks most broadly to increase viewership and appreciation for contemporary dance. By striking a balance of rigor and accessibility, we hope to bring disparate communities together to ignite conversations that might not otherwise take place.