About the Project
During the events on 11th and 12th of December the audience had the opportunity to get to know into the full scope of contemporary dance productions from Sri Lanka. Eight companys and solo artists presented an array of performances reaching from traditional Sri Lankan to western contemporary approaches.
The involved artists had the opportunity to create a forum which allows an intensive dialogue on current challenges and future developments of performing arts in Sri Lanka. This informal network set the framework for a continuous exchange of ideas between choreographers, dancers and other insiders of the cultural scene.
Artists and CompanysFloating Space
Floating Space Theatre Company is inspired by the unconventional and shared experiences in performance. Its focus is to create and produce performance, with the objective of exploring the possibilities of theatre in terms of form, style, space, approach and purpose.
Floating Space creates and facilitates collaborative creative arts projects with local and international artistes, theatre practitioners and companies, advocating the use of theatre outside its more traditional understandings. The work is driven by a commitment to the study of theatre through workshops, training, research and publications.
Floating Space was initiated in 2007 by Jake Oorloff and Ruhanie Perera.
Chitrasena Dance Company
Established in the 1940s the Chitrasena Dance Company is Sri Lanka’s oldest and most prestigious dance company. Reputed for being the pioneers and revolutionists in the dance sphere in Sri Lanka – the Company continues to experiment without compromise and pursues their mission of preserving the traditional dance forms while innovating within them.
Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation 590, Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 (0)11 3150570; +94 (0)11 2368902
Mohan Sudusinghe - Meranga Dancing Company
Mahesh, looking towards new dimensions in modern dance with deeper routes in traditional form, which develops contemporary creations in a more innovative grounds.
No. 03, Gongithota,Wattala,
Tel: +94 777637572
Venuri Perera is a choreographer/dancer/actor and psychologist. She has been a member of the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Ensemble and later completed her PG at Laban, London's conservatoire for contemporary dance.
She has collaborated in various dance/theatre/multimedia/film projects in U.K., India, Japan, Spain, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
Nilan Maligaspe - Arpeggio Creative Dancing Academy
Nilan Maligaspe founded the Arpeggio Creative Dancing Academy about 20 years ago. Here talented students from underprivileged background have to possibility to learn Modern Ballet and Creative Dance free of charge.
He has got three awards at the State Ballet Festival (1998,2003 and 2004-2005) and awards for best Miming Act at National Youth Awards Festival(1989). He produced classical ballet 'Black White and Red' and dance theater 'Solace in Stone' in 2010. He is interested on modern & classical ballet, hip-hop, contemporary dance and is currently training for his upcoming dance theatre which is based on Aime Cesaire’s post-colonial rewrite of Shakespeare’s 'Tempest'.
Sepalika Garden, Watareka
Padukka, Sri Lanka
Rangika Jeewantha - Rivega Dance Studio
As a young Sri Lankan dancer Randika strongly feels we should explore new paths. However he is also firmly rooted in our traditional dance forms as he has been dancing from the age of six.
University of visual & performing arts, Colombo
254 Manthrimulla Road, Attidiya
Dehiwela, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 77 3077756
nATANDA is Sri Lanka's first contemporary dance company. Its choreographic style is distinctive not only in how it fuses traditional Kandyan dance, Ballet, Yoga and Bharatha Naatyam in its creation of contemporary Sri Lankan dance theatre, but also in the way it challenges its dancers to express their individual personalities and bodies in a collective process.