03/16 | Kandyan Dance: The Expression of Sri Lanka


Kandyan dance is a versatile performing arts tradition from Sri Lanka. Encompassing energetic movements, oral traditions and rhythms, the Kandyan form has attracted the likes of modern dance pioneers, such as Ted Shawn over the years.
Master Kandyan dance choreographer, researcher and performer, Sudesh Mantillake, is an acclaimed soloist, and has been recognized internationally. We are thrilled to present Sudesh in his Chicago debut.
About our artist, Sudesh Mantillake:
Sudesh is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, and an educator.
He is trained in Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka and Kathak dance of India. Sudesh received his BA degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and MSc degree from the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Currently, he is pursuing aPhD degree at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. He is on leave from his position at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, where he is a lecturer.
Sudesh has been awarded, International Teaching Fellowship (University of Maryland, 2013-2014), Leonardo Fellowship (University of Lugano, 2006), University Prize for Academic Excellence (University of Peradeniya, 2004), All Island Sri Lanka-Best Solo Dancer – Kandyan (Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka, 1997).
***~*Workshop is free for performance attendees, if space allows!*~~***
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