Film forum extra Modern Dance

Remembering Pina Bausch With Anne Linsel

Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25
Remembering Pina Bausch With Anne Linsel is an attempt to understand Pina Bausch’s work and life through the eyes of Anne Linsel (film-maker, journalist and publicist) who followed her for many years.
The Films of Anne Linsel give an intimate insight into the work of one of the most influential cotemporary choreographers.
Pina Bausch died on June 30, 2009 but her visionary work as dancer, choreographer and creator of the Tanztheater Wuppertal had a reach way, way beyond the confines of the German town where she worked. Drawing deeply on the violence in male-female relationships, often with mordantly witty texts and fantastical sets, Pina Bausch crossed the borders between dance and theatre. She has also had an enormous influence on visual art and cinema.
Anne Linsel was born in Wuppertal/Germany and studied art as well as art history. She works as a journalist and publicist with in the fields of culture. From 1984 until 1989 she worked with the German television channels ZDFand WDR as well as for newspapers and magazines such as Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung. For ZDF she conceptualised and took on the moderation of several issues of “Aspekte” which is a regular broadcast on cultural themes. She currently lives in Wuppertal and is a member of the International Arts Critic Federation (AICA).


Thursday, March 24
Ladies and Gentlemen (Damen Und Herren Ab 65)
Director: Lilo Mangelsdorff
Duration: 70 minutes
Year: 2002
The Wuppertal Choreographer, Pina Bausch, was putting on a new production of her dance piece Kontakthof. This time with elderly amateurs. The film accompanies these people already with a full professional life behind them now facing a new challenge.

Director: Anne Linsel und Rainer Hoffmann
Duration: 89 minutes
Year: 2009
40 teenagers from various schools in Wuppertal had trained and rehearsed for almost a year to set up the piece Kontakthof. Pina Bausch herself attended the rehearsals regularly. Filmmakers Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann documented the process of rehearsing from April till November 2008.
Films followed by a Q&A session with Anne Linsel.

Friday, March 25
Pina Bausch
Director: Anne Linsel
Duration: 40 minutes
Year: 2006
In this film directed by Anne Linsel Pina Bausch speaks extensively about the beginnings of the Tanztheater and the inescapable path she felt she had to follow, despite all the difficulties and injuries.
Film followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Asoka de Zoysa
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre,
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Buds of Patriotism launch

The Mother Sri Lanka Pre-school Programme

The Mother Sri Lanka pre-school programme named Buds of Patriotism is a programme jointly organised by the Mother Sri Lanka Trust and the Children’s Secretariat of the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs with the aim of building a patriotic next generation of Sri Lankans.
This programme was first announced in December last year to coincide with the Early Childhood Development Week declared by the government and its island-wide implementation was launched at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute last week.

The event was attended by an island wide network of Early Childhood Development Officers, the members of the National committee on early childhood development, Mother Sri Lanka officials, Ministry officials with the Minister of Childhood Development and Women’s Affairs, Tissa Karaliyadda as the Chief Guest.
Mother Sri Lanka is a movement working towards bringing together diverse perspectives under one umbrella to develop positive thinking about Sri Lanka. The movement was launched in November 2008 and so far has carried out many programmes in order to reach its goals.
Mother Sri Lanka School Programme, one of the major components, of the movement was successfully completed in June 2010 at an event in the presence of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after reaching three million school children aged 11-18 years covering the entire island to spread the message of patriotism.
As children are a key target group of the Mother Sri Lanka movement, it has been decided to extend the schools programme to pre-school children. The programme will consist of four special activities that have been designed to be implemented in every pre-school which is registered under the ministry.
The programme is expected to reach nearly 17,000 pre-schools covering almost 600,000 toddlers. Activities will be implemented in each pre-school by the teachers under the guidance of the Early Childhood Care Development officers and Child Right Promotion officers at district level.

Specialised activities of the Buds of Patriotism Programme:
• Respect the National Anthem and the National Flag: Learning to respect the national anthem and the national flag. This is the main activity of this programme where Mother Sri Lanka is heightening the importance of respecting the national anthem and the flag. Every pre-school child is to be taught how to sing the national anthem and how to respect it.
• Keeping the country clean: Learning to use garbage bins always to dispose garbage.
This activity is mainly focused in dispose garbage at the correct place and thereby keep our country beautiful.
• Appreciate local produce: Learn to use local vegetables, fruits and herbs. Valuing local produce is the first step to value our own country. This activity is based on identifying local vegetable, fruits and herbs by growing and nurturing them in the school premises and/or at home.
• Living in peace and harmony: Understanding and respecting all ethnic groups and religions. Peace and harmony depends on a good understanding among citizens. This specific activity teaches toddlers about other cultural events and rituals to develop a good understanding and to educate them to respect them.

The programme will be implemented in every district from March 2011 and this will be monitored by the Mother Sri Lanka Trust and the Children’s Secretariat of Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs.


Celebrating Down Syndrome Day

March 23 and 26
Diri Daru Piyasa, the Special Children’s Unit of Miranda Hemalatha Kala Ashramaya will be celebrating the International Down Syndrome Day that falls on March 23.
The students of the centre will perform on March 23 at the Tower Hall Theatre at 6 p.m. This concert, named Narthana Rekha will show the talents of those children in the field of dance and music.
On March 26, there will be a sports festival in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be a sales exhibition and a cultural show by many children with Down Syndrome at the M.J.F. Centre at Katubedda Junction, Moratuwa (Former Velona Factory).


First Lady visits St John’s Ambulance stall

The National Health Care Exhibition 2011 was held recently at the BMICH.

First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa speaking a few words of encouragement and appreciation to the officials of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. Also in the picture are Dr Amal Harsha De Silva, Dr S Samarage and Chairman St John’s Ambulance Brigade, Rajah Sinnathuray


Arogya donates an artificial limb

Sri Lankan donor from Italy Nandana Prasad Wijesinghe with his friends responding to an appeal made by Arogya Foundation, a charitable organisation at Nalandaramaya, Pathiragoda, Maharagama, donated Rs.108,600/= to provide an artificial hand to Shalika Deepanjalee Rajapakse, a grade six student who met with an accident and subjected to amputation of her right hand. Foundation Director General Ven Unapana Ariyadhamma Thera, President Prof Ariyapala Perera Gamini Dahanayake and Upali Jayaratne were present at the occasion.


Slide lecture

Reflections on Art

Thursday, March 24
The slide lecture, Reflections on Art will be delivered by the Senior Lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Chandragupta Thenuwara.
Thenuwara completed his BFA at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya and MFA at the Moscow State Art Institute and obtained his M.Phil from the postgraduate Institute of Archaeology.
Thenuwara has exhibited widely in Colombo, New Delhi, Moscow, Vienna, London, Melbourne, Liverpool, New York and many other cities of various countries.
For further details please contact the Indian Cultural Centre on: 2684698
Email: iccrcolombo @gmail.com.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Youth movie

Charlottes Web
Saturday, March 26
Year: 2006
Running time: 96 minutes
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44 Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 3:30 p.m.

  Heart of a Dog

Wednesday, March 23
Year: 1988
Duration: 131 minutes
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

Norma Rae

Tuesday, March 22
Year: 1979
Running time: 110 minutes
Actors: Sally Field, Beau Bridges
Director: Martin Ritt
Venue: American Centre Colombo,
44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.

  L’homme Du Train

Friday, March 25
Director: Patrice Leconte
Year: 2002
Language: In French with English subtitles
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte,139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.



Until March 20
Thailand Shopping Festival 2011
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre, Colombo


March 25 to 27
An exhibition of paintings organised by the Women and Media Collective commemorating the World Women’s Day
Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7

March 23 to 27
An exhibition of photographs by Athula Dissanayake
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7


The De Lanerolle Brothers in concert
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7

An Evening of Classical Music by the famous Japanese Pianist Chiho Akaishi and Otsuka (Soprano) presented by Alliance Francaise de Colombo
Menaka De Fonseka Sahabandu, one of the best classical musicians in Sri Lanka will perform as the guest artiste for the evening.

Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium, No.11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7

March 25
Edward Maya Live in Concert
Venue: North Lawn, Hotel Taj Samudra

Public talk

Learning That Transforms Consciousness, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.

March 27
To Live a Life That is Whole, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


March 26 and 27
Bernarda Ge Sipiri Geya, the play The House of Bernarda by Garcia Lorca in Sinhala
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7

March 23 and 24
Romaya Gini Gani
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10


March 22
A discussion on Dr Sunil Wijesiriwardena’s book, Purawesi Man Peth
Venue: Mahaweli Centre
96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7


Friday, March 25
Fourth Annual Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society
The Royal Asiatic Society RASSL is holding its fourth Annual Research Conference
It is the largest national conference in social sciences and the humanities. This year’s Research Conference in addition to other fields, is the launching of the first “Philosophy Studies Conference” in the country and hosting the third “Sinhala Studies Conference”. The response for the conference has been very encouraging with a total of over 210 papers received. Members of the public are welcome to attend by registration (contact: Tel: 011-2699249).
Venue: Mahaweli Centre, 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7