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Wednesday, 1 December 2010



Goethe-Institut delivers insight

The Goethe-Institut will provide a platform for contemporary Sri Lankan dancers to increase awareness of the current trends in contemporary dance and also present a high-grade symposium on the following days.

Contemporary dance

Symposium on dance

The main goals of the Goethe – Institut are to bring professionals together to initiate a discussion on common issues in the dance field and find opportunities for collaboration, to give a platform for choreographers in Sri Lanka to present their work, to explore interesting spaces for performance, and to build an audience for contemporary dance. This platform is scheduled for December 11 and 12.

Artistes of the opening day include the pioneering Chitrasena Vajira Dance Company with a one hour traditional dance showcases as well as the young Sri Lankan dancer Rangika Jeewantha.

The second day will consist of works by choreographers including Kapila Palihawadana and other up and coming exciting young dance makers. On December 13 and 14 a two-day forum for dance professionals in Sri Lanka will take place.

The forum will include a symposium on the development of the dance scene led by Ravibandu, a cultural missions meeting ‘Capacity-Building in Dance Today in Sri Lanka’, a workshop with Anusha Lall and a lecture (Sadanand Menon: ‘Chandralekha – A Life in Contemporary Dance’) to round off the picture.

The Neluing Arts Centre is collaborating with the Goethe and will be hosting some of the performances, and is in close proximity to the Park Street Mews.

The Park Street Mews already has a reputation for supporting the arts and with its unique spaces can offer many interesting opportunities for performance making it the ideal location for such a platform. Since a main goal is to spread awareness and to build a new audience for contemporary dance, these events will be free of charge.


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