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Friday, December 10
The Goethe-Institut showcases the dance theatre performance
BurkaBondage by the German choreographer Helena Waldmann within
their programme of modern dance to draw people’s attention to the
contemporary dance scene.
Since the Goethe-Institut seeks to deliver insight into the
contemporary dance scene and is eager to build an audience for
contemporary dance, the dance theatre performance BurkaBondage is a
representative realisation of some current trends in the modern
The evocative production has its focus on a sensitive subject
matter: The burka, which is a coat worn by Afghan women, completely
covering them, and bondage referring to a technique which ties
Japanese women submissively up. This venue, with its spacious stage,
will be ideal for the exceptionally ‘lifting’ dance performance. The
special visual experience includes two dancers acting on an
elaborately and laboriously designed stage and is accentuated by
live video art and live percussion.
Prior to this main event there will be a discussion with Helena
Waldmann within the framework of the dance forum on December 9, at
5:30 p.m. at the Goethe Hall (German Cultural Institut). Here the
Berlin-based director and choreographer will converse topics such as
the current developments in German dance theatre, her approach as a
choreographer, and the background of her production BurkaBondage.
The tickets for this event will be sold at the Goethe-Institut
(German Cultural Center). For more information call: 2694562.
Venue: Navarangahala Hall, Royal College, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
|Colombo Dance Platform
Saturday, December 11
Chitrasena Dance Company
Dances and Rhythms of Sri Lanka: This one hour programme
concentrates on showcasing the sound and movement of an island
people. There is a strong bond between these two artistic elements
and it is considered a marriage where one cannot live without the
other. It includes a diverse compilation of drums and dance acts
pointing to the interdependent relationship between the dance and
Bera Nada Chalana is the title dance piece which celebrates the idea
of duality, the distinct contrast in sound and in movement of the
two most popular traditional dance styles of Sri Lanka – the Kandyan
As a young Sri Lankan dancer, Rangika strongly feels we should
explore new paths and presents first a solo performance Thaname,
which is a crescendo of musical sounds brought together to perform
an up country traditional dance.
A second group performance will follow, including Yathura (a harvest
dance showing rice cultivation), Riddi Bisaw (a section from a low
country ritual) and Semera (a dance showing the fanning of Sri
Lankan kings by courtiers).
Venue: Nelung Arts Centre (Hyde Park Corner) and Park Street Mews
Time: 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 12
Signspeak is nATAND
SIGNSPEAK is nATANDA’s 7th annual dance production that has the
intention of raising attention to: dance as a universal, non-verbal
form of communication, and how it can interact with different
systems of non-verbal and symbol-based language towards the creation
of a distinctively new genre of dance and communication; the
real-life experiences of deaf, dumb persons, and the particular
urgency of bringing attention to these special groups given their
serious marginalisation within Sri Lankan society.
Venuri Perera is presenting two dance performances:
Abhinishkramanaya (Renunciation) and Soldier. The first piece is a
personal, symbolic expression of the struggle felt at the moment of
departure from the learned, honoured and familiar to the new,
unknown and unfamiliar.
An excerpt of Thuranga Vannama is used, playing on the sound in a
way that could also depict the struggle within. The second piece is
a miniature which was created for Engdhal’s Same Same with
Difference - Resolutions 2009, The Place, London. The war imagery
was evoked by the movement and mood of dancer/choreographer Chris
Vann’s solo Flexed,-inspired by sculpture Diabolo in this personal
Nilan (Arpeggio Creative Dance Academy)
Shango, Shango Ho is the name of a performance based on Aimé
Césaire’s post-colonial rewrite of Shakespeare’s Tempest. In this
excerpt which will be shown as a work in progress, Nilan Maligaspe
will perform some attitudes expressed through the character Caliban.
Letters evolved from, and continues to evolve from, the
curiosity to work with the moving body to tell a story. The work
brings bodies into a space: Bodies that flirt with contact,
separation, stillness, speed, silence, levels, even violence, while
trying to express something of the vulnerability of reaching out.
How do you dance a series of thoughts? What image, energy, phrasing
of movement can convey the story of life–or love as a series of
openings and endings? Letters, drawing on the poetry of Sam Shepard,
binds four people as they sometimes immerse, sometimes move through
the tensions of the moment of being together.
Meranga Dancing Company
The dancing performance “Samsaric Sojourn” consists out of four
breathtaking pieces: “Grounding for birth”, “Origin to demise”,
“Spirit to the space” and “Searching for life”.
Black And White is a fusion dance highlighting the similarities
and differences in traditional dance and martial arts – “I was
impressed with the arm and body movement used in that discipline
[martial art Angum] as I found a lot of similar movement in dance”.
Venue: Park Street Mews and the Nelung Arts Centre (Hyde Park
Time: 3 p.m. onwards
|DBU Christmas Sale
Sunday, December 5
The DBU will be transformed into a marketplace for literally
everything! A veritable “pot-pourri” of merchandise will be on offer
– from plants to penholders and from art to underwear! Additionally
(and traditionally!) the DBU Sale will feature the full complement
of delicious, well-loved home-made Burgher food – lomprijst, love
cake, broeder, foguetti, a wide range of Dutch and Portuguese sweets
and savouries, milk wine, ginger beer and a whole lot more.
Venue: 114, Reid Avenue, Colombo 4
Time: 10 a.m. onwards
|Captured Moments … The Second Odyssey
A photographic exhibition by Chandrasena Perera
December 10 to 17
Chandrasena Perera is a multi-talented all round photographer,
indulging in still photography for more than 40 years besides having
ample skill in the field of cinematography as a director and script
Chandrasena’s roaming eye constantly seeks form, shape, contrast and
colour and capture superb photographs with fascinating sense of
He is an active member of many photography related societies in Sri
His new exhibition Captured Moments… The Second Odyssey is a part of
the programme Kandy Alliance Photo which is annually organised by
the Alliance Française de Kandy. This cultural programme that took
place for the first time in 2002 intends to be an echo of the events
occurring at the same period of the year in Paris, The Month of
Photography and Paris Photo. 12 photographs have been selected and
have displayed their works in this programme: Four French, one
American and seven Sri Lankan.
A young and self taught artist, Prasanna Upajeewa, and Chandrasena
Perera, a well known photographer, are part of the Kandy Alliance
The exhibition will be declared open on December 10, at 6:30 pm by
Dr W A D P Wanigasundera, Head, Department of Agricultural
Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy, 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy.
|Dido and Enaeas
Dido and Enaeas, choreographed by Sasha Waltz, directed by Attilio
Cremonesi and Sasha Waltz, (2005) moderated by Kapila Palihawadana.
The film, Dido and Aeneas is an opera in a prologue and three acts
by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum
The first known performance was at Josias Priest’s girls’ school in
London no later than the summer of 1688. The story is based on Book
IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, and recounts the love story of Dido, Queen of
Carthage and the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair at his
A monumental work in Baroque opera, it is remembered as one of
Purcell’s foremost theatrical works. Dido and Aeneas was Purcell’s
first (and only) all-sung opera and is among the earliest English
operas. It owes much to John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, both in
structure and overall effect.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo
Time: 5:30 p.m.
In recognition of
the epic victory of the Sri Lankan military forces against the
feared Tamil Tigers’ terrorist outfit–a bruising conflict that
dragged on for almost three decades at enormous social, economic and
political cost to this alluring tear-drop shaped island nation–the
Philippine-based Gusi International Peace Prize has selected a
distinguished Sri Lankan Army officer, Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe, as one of the recipients of the 2010 event which
takes place at the Philippine International Convention Centre on
Having seen service in battle, General Hathurusinghe now commands
the military forces in the north in peace, and is playing a key role
in over sighting the advent of calm and prosperity in what was the
erstwhile heartland of the Tamil Tigers.
On hearing news of his nomination for the award General
Hathurusinghe told The Manila Times: “Although I am named as the
recipient of this prestigious award, I accept it with all humility
on behalf of my Commander in Chief, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and
the Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, both of whom created
the right framework for the final victory against the most brutal
terrorist group in the world which had heaped so much grief and
destruction on our motherland.
“I am also honoured to accept the Guci Peace Award on behalf of
all the military forces, from the highest to the lowest ranks, who
all played their part in bringing peace to Sri Lanka. In particular
I want this award to commemorate all the military personnel who
bravely laid down their lives for this noble cause”.
As Commander of the northern forces based in Jaffna, General
Hathurusinghe–who possesses natural skills in interacting with
people of every social strata–heads the military arm of a
civilian-military partnership that is propelling this former
stronghold of the Tamil Tigers (that saw so much death and
devastation during the reign of the terrorist outfit) successfully
onward and upward.
His astute military leadership, which has shown sensitivity to the
needs and practicalities of a post-war Jaffna, is credited with
providing the right atmosphere of peace and security for the
economic boom that is being experienced in this dominant northern
This in turn is the key to successfully implementing–and
driving–the government’s “Northern Spring” initiative aimed at
bringing prosperity to this once battle-ridden region.
General Hathurusinghe’s nomination for the award from the Philippine
end was somewhat propitious. In 2009-10 he attended a course that
drew ranking military officers from all over the Asian-Pacific
region to the Philippine National Defense College, and where he drew
the attention of senior military offices in the Philippine military
establishment themselves embroiled in the secessionist conflict in
the Southern Philippines.
The Sri Lankan General took part in many private and official
briefings with government and military officials to share his
experiences and knowledge on the long drawn out separatist struggle
with the Tamil Tigers.
Interestingly, his 30,000 world thesis detailing the manner in which
the Sri Lankan security forces tackled the conflict won for General
Hathurusinghe the sought-after Gold Medal at the end of the academic
course that took place in Camp Aguinaldo.
General Hathurusinghe will be supported by a 14-member native
dance troupe that will perform at the PICC ceremony, and also stage
two other traditional Sri Lankan dance performances which have been
organised by Sri Lankan Ambassador Nawalage Bennet Cooray and the
Sri Lankan Embassy.
The dance troupe is sponsored by the Northern Provincial Council of
Sri Lanka under the patronage of Chief Minister Berty Premalal
Dissanayake who will head the Sri Lankan delegation to the Guci
Peace Prize ceremony. It includes four other senior officials of the
provincial council including the Secretary of Cultural Affairs.
Chief Minister Dissanayake presides over Sri Lanka’s North
Central Province that is home to the famed UNESCO cited “Cultural
Triangle” that contains Buddhist monuments and relics going back to
over 2000 years – and where, shockingly, many internationally
denounced atrocities were committed by the Tamil Tigers during their
reign of terror in order to provoke the majority Buddhist community.
The presence at the ceremony of Chief Minister Dissanayake and the
dance troupe from his region is a neat touch to display that Sri
Lanka has turned the corner to a new era of tranquility, and also to
showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Until December 15
City in Transit-Bangalore, an exhibition of art showcasing
multimedia and other visual works capturing the dynamics of the city
Participating artists include Jayaram Suresh, M S Umesh, V G
Venugopal and Madhu.
The multimedia show will have documentaries on Bangalore, video art
projections, prints and photographs of the artist Surekha, Ravi
Kashi, Cristoph Stroz, Madhu.D, Sunoj D, Venu V G, Shanthamani,
Gautam Sonti and Usha.
Venue: Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddagana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
December 5 Supiri Mal Dakma, an exhibition and sale of plants Venue:
Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Balloth Ekka Be, written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.
December 10 - 12
Snow Knight and the Seven Chicks, the latest comedy of Indu
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Islamic lecture (for males) on the topic Investment on Stocks,
Shares and Bonds – An Islamic Perspective by Mufthi M H M Yoosuf
(Abu Umar) immediately after Isha prayers
Venue: Majmaul Khairath Mosque, 30/1, Nimal Road, Colombo 4
Until December 19
Wasantha Namaskara’s 80th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Visual Art Gallery, Uva Provincial Council Library, Badulla