Friends of Contemporary Dance in Colombo had the opportunity to experience eight collaborations between choreographers, practitioners of ritual dance, actors, musicians, film makes, video artists and puppeteers at the second edition of the Colombo Dance Platform in November 2012. The festival was curated by Ong Keng Sen's, artistic director of TheatreWorks in Singapore.
Onk Ken Sen’s central question was how the Sri Lankan contemporary dance locates itself in the context of its own tradition, and the “Thinking Dancer” makes interventions with existing or newly created archives. These questions suggested by Ong Keng Sen's set the stage for the festival that was to be called “Archive Fever”. This framework opened many possibilities for a dialogue with dance on an island, where forms of ritual dance, drumming and song have been protected in archives and are marketed as folklore representing the cultural heritage. Archives of another nature repose in the memory as unspoken truths of a thirty years war.
Spontaneous live-performance of the German brass band "Talking Horns" feat. 4 local drummers on the street corner in Pettah during their 10-days Sri Lanka Tour in October 2013. A bit of groovy jazz in combination with traditional beats.
Check out Border Movement Sri Lanka’s signature calendar event of the year at the Old Town Hall of Pettah in Colombo.
The multidisciplinary gig at this unique venue featured German electronic duo Skinnerbox, Gaurav of Delhi’s BLOT!, Mumbai’s future garage specialist Sandunes and Colombo’s Asvajit, Kinesthetics 0800, Music Matters Collective, Geve and Sunara.
A live drawing concert: Award winning German graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist, creating live illustrations to Sri Lankan singer-songwriter Ajith Kumarasiri's rock ballads. Friday 20 January 2017, Goethe-Institut Colombo