Dancing For the Gods: Part of the 2015 Sydney Festival
Choreography by Heshma Wignaraja
From a demon dancer driven by pulsating drumbeats, to an homage to Ganesha, to a reflection on the Buddha, Dancing for the Gods charts the evolution of the joyful ancient Kandyan dance tradition and transports it boldly into the present. Propelled by singing and drumming, time-honoured classical movements unite with modern choreography and theatre craft in these 2500 year-old Sri Lankan rituals. With its origins in offerings to a pantheon of gods, deities and demons, Dancing for the Gods is a gift – one of the world’s oldest continuous dance forms conveyed from across millennia to the contemporary Sydney stage.
York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Corner City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale.