Bild der Colombo Dance Platform 2016 (c) Malaka Mp

Dance in Sri Lanka

The Goethe-Institut offers the possibility to exchange ideas with different formats to professional dancers as well as students who would like to think outside the box of their traditional dance spectrum.
 

Sri Lanka is known for traditional dance styles with impressive costumes and rhythmic music. They have their origins in centuries-old rituals and ceremonies. There are three main styles, which differ in body movements, costumes and rhythmic background; The Kandyan Dance in the Highlands, the Low Country Dance with great influence through spiritual rituals and the Sabaragamuwa Dance from the area around Ratnapura. In the north of Sri Lanka, however, the dance was primarily influenced by the South Indian Tamil dance history.
 
In 2010, the Colombo Dance Platform was established by the Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka and the Forum for Contemporary Dance to promote contemporary dance in Sri Lanka. The biennial platform creates space for artistic development, a forum for discussion between artists with diverse backgrounds and an interested audience. One aim of the event is to present and reflect on the past, present and future of dance and choreography. The platforms were curated by international and Sri Lankan dance professionals.
From the acquaintance of the Sri Lankan and German dancers Venuri Perera and Lea Moro on a past dance platform, the idea for a German-Sri Lankan co-production has developed, which took place in 2018.
In 2017, a choreography camp was held for the first time, in which dancers and actors learned various methods for the conception of choreographies with the help of international mentors. The Goethe-Institut supports the network of independent performance artists in Sri Lanka and aims to intensify the local and international view of this network.
Based on this, between November 25 and December 3, 2018 a Residential Dance Camp in Kalpitiya will take place. Mentors from Sri Lanka, India and Germany will advise the work of up to 10 local junior choreographers. A particular focus of this year’s camp is on involving young choreographers from different parts of the country.

The Goethe-Institut supports the network of independent performance artists in Sri Lanka and aims to intensify the local and international view of this network.