Departments of Fine Arts



Dr. Sudesh Mantillake

Senior Lecturer

​PhD (Maryland), MSc (Lugano), BA (Peradeniya)

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About Me

Sudesh Mantillake is passionate about the intersection of dance, philosophy, education, healing, and activism. He received his BA degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, his MSc from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and his PhD from the University of Maryland in the USA. He is trained in Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka and Kathak dance of India, theatrical clowning, and contemporary dance. Apart from Sri Lanka, he has presented his work in Athens, Sharjah, London, Helsinki, Lugano, New York, Virginia, Chicago, California, Ohio, Minnesota, Maryland, Toronto, Montreal, and Pondicherry - India. His performance pieces “My Devil Dance” and “Mask and Myths” explore Sri Lankan dancers’ experience in the “colonial exhibitions” in Europe and U.S. In his dance film In Search of Ravana, Sudesh questions multiple identities given to the mythical king Ravana. Sudesh has been awarded the International Teaching Fellowship (the 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). Sudesh has been an intern at the National Museum of Dance, New York, and at the Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Welfare Foundation, London. He has also done summer institute at Dance Exchange (founded by Liz Lerman) in Takoma Park, USA. He was the Chairman of the Arts Council of the University of Peradeniya in 2022. Sudesh is a permanent faculty member and the former Head of the Department (June 2020 - June 2023) at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is a Vice-Chair (Dance) of the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD) National Committee for Sri Lanka. Sudesh is also a member of the Research Committee of the International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET).

Education

PhD

University of Maryland, USA

2018

MSc in Communication

University of Lugano, Switzerland

2006

BA

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2004

Diploma in Kathak Dance

Bhatkhande Sangit Vidyapith, Lucknow, India

2002

Current Positions

Senior Lecturer - Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya

July 2015 - To Present

Vice-Chair (Dance) - The International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD) National Committee for Sri Lanka. ICTMD is a non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO.

2022 - To Present

Member of the Research Committee - The International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET)

2022 - To Present

Member of the Faculty Research Committee - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

March 2022 - March 2025

Member of the Faculty Gender Committee to support the Sexual and Gender-based Harassment and Sexual Violence Prevention Committee (SGBVC) - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

2022 - 2025

Member of the Board of Study - Faculty of Dance and Drama, University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo 07

2021 - To Present

Member of the Committee - Needy Students’ Fund - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

2019 - To Present

Regional Advisor and Collaborator - MeshGround – A platform for Movement Arts based in Colombo, Sri Lanka

2021 - To Present

Member - Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage International network (FUUH).

2011 - To Present

Faculty Coordinator (Faculty of Arts) - BLII-TTO (The Business Linkage, Innovation, Incubation and Technology Transfer Office), University of Peradeniya. 2021-

2021 - To Present

Positions Held

Head of the Department - Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

June 2020 - June 2023

Coordinator, Postgraduate Studies in Fine Arts - Department of Fine Arts and Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS), University of Peradeniya

2018 - 2020

Chairman - Arts Council - University of Peradeniya, University of Peradeniya

2022

General Secretary - PAFTA (Peradeniya Arts Faculty Teachers’ Association), Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

2012 - 2013

Chairman - Web, Media and Publicity Committee, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions (iPURSE 2021), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Conference held on 11th and 12th November 2021.

2020 - 2021

Committee member, The International Program for Creative Collaboration and Research Committee - The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland. USA.

2017 - To Present

Lecturer - Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya

July 2010 - July 2015

Senior Student Counsellor - University of Peradeniya

2021 - To Present

Senior Treasurer, General Student Society (GSS) - Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya.

2019 - 2020

Senior Treasurer, Arts Circle - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

2019 - 2020

Senior Treasurer, Fine Arts Society - University of Peradeniya

2010 - 2013

Temporary Lecturer - Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya

2006 - 2010

Volunteer student Counsellor - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

2012 - 2013

Memberships

Member, Research Committee - International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET)

2022

Member, Education Committee - International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET)

2022

Global Dance Directory - International Dance Council, United Nation of Dance, UNESCO.

2015

Awards

DeVos Dissertation Fellow - School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, USA

2017

Stanford Center for South Asia Travel Award - Stanford University, USA

2016

Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant - The Graduate School, University of Maryland, USA

2015

ISLE Wilhelm Fellowship - The Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program, a program between Bowdon College, USA and University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2014-2015

International Teaching Fellowship - Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, USA

2013-2014

Leonardo Fellowship - University of Lugano, Leonardo Foundation, Ticino, Switzerland

2006

University Prize for Academic Excellence - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2004

Mr. & Mrs. Ukkubandara Ranathunge Memorial Gold Medal in Fine Arts (Greatest Competence) - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2004

Best Solo Dancer (Kandyan dance), All Island School Dance Competition - Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka

1997

Publications

BOOKS

Nartana Adyayana Nyaya saha Vidikrama (Theories and Methods of Dance Studies), (in Sinhala). Dehiwala: Vidarshana Publishers. 2021.

https://vidarshana.lk/product/narthana-adhyayana-nayaya-saha-widhikrama/

Ves Natuma: Sagnavedatmaka Kiyewimak (Ves Dance: A semiotic Reading. A book on Ves dance, the most popular dance phenomenon of Kandyan dance tradition of Sri Lanka), (in Sinhala). Colombo: Vishada Publishers. 2010.

Hata gena kata (Tales about Hata). A collection of essays on avant-garde theatre practitioner Gamini Hattotuwegama and his theatre. Edited with A. Samarakoon. Peradeniya: Arts Council, University of Peradeniya. 2010.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

“Finding the True Teacher” (in Sinhala) Wimalsiri Munasinghe ed. Vidagdha Saundarya Athmalankaraya. Colombo: S. Godage and Brothers. 2021. (pp. 103-112). ISBN: 978-624-00-1435-9

“Diversity of the Dance Scene in Pre-Colonial Sri Lanka: A Study based on Kandyan Dance” in Harshana Rambukwella, K. Fedricks, P. Kariyawasam eds. Sahitya Literary Journal 2020-2021. Colombo: State Literary Advisory Council, Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka. 2021. (pp. 54-68). ISBN: 978-624-5726-03-5

“Politics of Kandyan dance, with special reference to the religious procession of the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha” (in Sinhala) in D.R. Herath and others, eds. The Sacred Culture of the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha. Kandy: Council of Central Province. 2007. (pp. 55-69)

JOURNAL ARTICLES

“Evaluating the programme and behavior change theories of a community alcohol education intervention in rural Sri Lanka: a study protocol” (co-authored with Jane Brandt Sørensen, K. S. Kylie Lee, Andrew Dawson, Angela Dawson, Lalith Senarathna, P. H. G. Janaka Pushpakumara, Thilini Rajapakse, Flemming Konradsen, Nick Glozier, Katherine M. Conigrave, Prabash Siriwardhana, David Hansen, Alexandra Buhl, Chamill Priyadhasana, Kamal Senawirathna, Malith Herath, Priyantha Fonseka & Melissa Pearson) in Global Health Action, 16:1, 2023. (pp.1-11). Online ISSN: 1654-9880. DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2023.2273625

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/16549716.2023.2273625

“Performance Studies and Inter-disciplinary Research” in University of Colombo Review (Series III), Vol.4, No.1. 2023. (pp.192-195). ISSN: 2756-9152.

https://ucr.cmb.ac.lk/performance-studies-and-inter-disciplinary-research/

“Panibharata and the Invention of Sinhala Folk Dance Repertoires in Post-Colonial Sri Lanka” in Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities, Volume 43, Number 2. (2022). Peradeniya: Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. (pp. 40-57). E-ISSN: 2279-3321. DOI: 10.4038/sljh.v43i2.7270

https://sljh.sljol.info/articles/10.4038/sljh.v43i2.7270

“A Pedagogy of Decolonial Choreography: Reflections of A South Asian Dance Practitioner” in Journal of Dance Education. June 2022. ISSN: 1529-0824. DOI: 10.1080/15290824.2022.2075554.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15290824.2022.2075554

“The Tea Dance: A Choreographic Representation of Tamil Tea Plantation Workers within the Modern Sri Lankan Folk Dance Repertoire.” Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences 45 (1): 57–64. https://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v45i1.8286.

https://sljss.sljol.info/articles/abstract/8286/

“Decolonizing Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Practice Stuck between Coloniality and Nationalism in Sri Lanka.” CAET. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy – Eastern and Western Perspectives. Vol. 7, Issue 2, December 2021. (pp. 149-157). ISSN: 2468-2306. DOI: 10.15212/CAET/2021/7/20

https://caet.inspirees.com/caetojsjournals/index.php/caet/article/view/332

“Angampora and Dance: Some Historical and Kinesthetic Connections” in Mise en Abyme: International Journal of Comparative Literature and Arts. Institute of the Arts Barcelona. Special Edition July-Dec. 2021. (pp. 61-71). ISSN: 2284-3310

https://www.journalabyme.com/vol8issue2-2021-actortraining-angampora

“Historicizing the Presentation of Sri Lankan Dancers in Colonial Exhibitions” in Journal of Visual & Performing Arts Research, Volume 2, Number 1. Colombo: Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Visual and Performing Arts. 2019. (pp. 5-12). ISSN 2651-0286.

Colonial Sri Lankan art and the contribution of JLK Van Dort” (in Sinhala), Kala Sangarava (Arts Journal), 2012 March, S. Herath (ed.), Colombo: Arts Council of Sri Lanka. 2012. (pp. 69-76). ISSN 2012-967X 9 772012 967008

““Ves nätuma”, a common dance type in Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka: A semiotic analysis of selected features with a brief introduction to the relevant approaches of Indian and Western semiotics” in Studies in Theatre and Performance, Volume 29, Number 2. Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2009. (pp. 187-192). Print ISSN: 1468-2761 Online ISSN: 2040-0616

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1386/stap.29.2.187_3

PUBLISHED IN ABSTRACT FORM

"Connection between Dance and Neuroscience: An Analysis through the Practice of Kandyan Dance" (co-authored with D. Jayasekara and M.K.I.D. Senarath), presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2023 (iPURSE 2023) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 20th and 21st September 2023. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 24, (p.128). E-ISSN 1391-4111.

"Creating a Healing Ritual Enhanced with Audio-Visual Technology: An Experiment with Kandyan Dance" (co-authored with S.W. Manelanga), presented at the Annual Research Congress of Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences - 2022 held on 16th December 2022. The abstract was published in the proceedings (p.20). ISSN 2961-5534.

“Reconcile with the Tradition: Dealing with the Representation of Ethnic Others in Sinhala Traditional Performances in Sri Lanka” presented in “Resolving Differences through Understanding: Sustainable Peace, Security and Reconciliation in Modern Society” 1st Annual Conference 2021 organized by the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation, Sri Lanka, held online on 30th – 31st October 2021. The abstract was published in the Book of Abstracts. (p. 95).

"From Coconut Oil to Engine Oil: Shifting Aesthetics of Playing Ceremonial Drums (Mangul Bera Vādanaya) in Kandyan Tradition" (co-authored with C. Bandara) presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2021 (iPURSE 2021) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 11th & 12th November 2021. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 23, (p.357). E-ISBN 978-624-5709-07-6.

"Possibilities and Limitations of Sri Lankan Ritual Theatre for Conveying Alcohol-Related Health and Social Messages in a Community Intervention" (co-authored with N. Galkandaarachchi, L. Senarathna) presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2021 (iPURSE 2021) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 11th & 12th November 2021. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 23, (p.393). E-ISBN 978-624-5709-07-6.

“Rise of Kandyan Dance in 1940s and 1950s: Contribution of Uncommon Patrons” (co-authored with R.W.R.G.G.J. Prasantha) presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2021 (iPURSE 2021) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 11th & 12th November 2021. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 23, (p.364). E-ISBN 978-624-5709-07-6.

"Suvisi Vivarana Dance in Sri Lanka: A Buddhist Religiotainment Performance where Identities of Performers Became Fluid" (co-authored with P.K.G.I. Jayasinha) presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2021 (iPURSE 2021) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 11th & 12th November 2021. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 23, (p.352). E-ISBN 978-624-5709-07-6.

"Thinking through Dancer's Body: A Comparative Study of Kandyan Dance and Bharatanatyam" (co-authored with H. Niriella) presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2021 (iPURSE 2021) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 11th & 12th November 2021. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 23, (p.358). E-ISBN 978-624-5709-07-6.

"Walauwas and Kandyan Dance: Development of Tricks and Tactics in Kandyan Dance between 1900 and 1950s" (co-authored with A.P. Sirisena) presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2021 (iPURSE 2021) organized by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 11th & 12th November 2021. The abstract was published in the proceedings Vol. 23, (p.386). E-ISBN 978-624-5709-07-6.

“The Ceylon Tea Dance: The Creation of an Imaginary Folk Dance on the Ethnic Other” presented in UVPA – ICTM Joint International Research Symposium 2019. Organized by the International Council for Traditional Music (Study Group on Music and Allied Arts of Greater South Asia) and the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Sri Lanka. Held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on 12th -14th December 2019. The abstract was published in conference proceedings (p. 93). ISBN 978-9550-322-138.

“Developing Forum-Sanni Theatre Model: A Comparative Study on the ‘Forum Theatre’ and Sanni Yakuma’ Ritual Theatre as an Empowering Tool for Public Health Interventions” (co-authored with N. Galkandaarachchi, L. Senarathna, P. Fonseka) presented in UVPA – ICTM Joint International Research Symposium 2019. Organized by the International Council for Traditional Music (Study Group on Music and Allied Arts of Greater South Asia) and University of Visual and Performing Arts, Sri Lanka. Held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on 12th -14th December 2019. The abstract was published in conference proceedings (pp. 57-58). ISBN 978-9550-322-138.

“Choreographing Kandyan Dancers for the Camera during the British Colonial Rule” presented at the International Conference on the Humanities and the Social Sciences 2018: Development, Diversity and Harmony through Knowledge and Innovation organized by the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 22nd-23rd November 2018. The abstract was published in Conference Proceedings (pp. 309-312). ISBN 978-955-589-256-8.

“Historicizing Colonial Choreography Presented in Colonial Exhibitions” presented in the 4th Artistic Interspaces of Malaysia Symposium (AIMS 2018) at the University of Peradeniya, organized by the Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, and Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, on 8th-9th November 2018. The abstract was published in the symposium booklet. (p.8).

“Multiple Forms of Kandyan ves dance costume: A study based on oldest photographs of Kandyan Dancers” presented (in Sinhala) at the 8th Annual Sinhala Studies Symposium: Sinhala Studies at Crossroads organized by the Department of Sinhala, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka on 17th October 2018. The abstract was published in the conference proceedings. (p.47).

“Diversity of Pre-Colonial Sri Lankan Dance: A Study Based on Kandyan Dance” presented at Knowledge, Diversity, and Harmony: International Conference on the Humanities and the Social Sciences organized by the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 29th July 2017. The abstract was published in the conference proceedings. (pp.105-108). ISBN 978-955-589-237-7.

"Virtual Dissertation: Opening the Space to Enhance Knowledge in Theatre and Performance Studies" Working Group: Digital Humanities in Theatre Research. Abstract has been published in the conference proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) – Theatre and Democracy at the University of Hyderabad, India held in 6th – 10th July 2015. The abstract was published in the Abstract booklet. (p.101).

“Unresolved problem of the origin of Kandyan Dance”. Paper presented at The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. 5th Research Conference, March 30th-31st 2012. Colombo. The abstract was published in conference proceedings (p. 35.) ISSN 1800-4067

"Intellectuality, Sharing Expressions and Kandyan Dance", Paper presented at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Conference on Circulation of Cultures and Culture of Circulation: Diasporic Cultures of South Asia During 18th to 20th Centuries, from 15-17 March 2012 at Galle, Sri Lanka, Organized by SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka. The abstract was published in the conference booklet.

“Portrayal of Psychiatric Disorders in Sinhala Cinema” (co-authored with S. Dias and A. Samarakoon), in Peradeniya University Research Sessions Proceedings 2008 (Peradeniya: University of Peradeniya, 2008). The abstract was published in the conference proceedings. (p.73-74) ISSN-1391-4111, ISBN-113-4.

“Participatory Video Making for Sustainable Development” (co-authored with A. Samarakoon), in Testing the Waters: Connecting through Communication, 20th National Annual Conference of New Zealand Communication Association 2008, Hamilton: New Zealand. The abstract was published in the conference programme and proceedings. (p.27).

“Use of Theatre Games to Teach Participatory Video (PV) Successfully”, (co-authored with A. Samarakoon), in International Conference on Social Sciences Sri Lanka Proceedings 2008 (Kelaniya: University of Kelaniya, 2008). The abstract was published in the conference proceedings. (p.290). ISBN-978-955-9044-64-2.

“Masculinity in Kandyan dance” in Peradeniya University Research Sessions Proceedings 2007 (Peradeniya: University of Peradeniya, 2007). The abstract was published in the conference proceedings. (pp. 368-369). ISSN-1391-4111, ISBN-978-955-589-101-1.

“Use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to teach Cultural Heritage: A case study on teaching cultural background of Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka” in Postgraduate Research sessions Proceedings 2006 (Peradeniya: University of Peradeniya, 2007).

MEMBER OF EDITORIAL BOARD

Member of the Editorial Board, Patitha, A refereed journal published in the Sinhala language biannually. Since 2022.

https://www.patitha.lk/

Member of the Editorial Board: The Sacred Culture of the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha .Kandy: Council of Central Province, 2007

AUDIO / VIDEO / MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS

Selalihini Sandeshaya, The online edition of one of the greatest Sinhalese literary works, with L. Gunaweera and H. Sarachchandra, 2009. Audio recording and editing Available at http://epothgula.wordpress.com/selalihiniya/

http://epothgula.wordpress.com/selalihiniya/

Sinhala Language Teaching Book and supplementary DVD guide, co-director of videos (supplementary DVD guide), with A. Samarakoon, for Cornell University, USA, 2009.

Sound of our water, (Audio recording and editing project organized by UNESCO digiArts team on sounds of the culture), Director, with students of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya, presented in Sharjah, UAE, April 2007.

Creative Work

In Search of Ravana, a dance film co-directed with Gayan Rajapaksha. Performer and Co-director Supported by Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, Chicago, USA. 2020.

My Devil Dance (Excerpt), dance theatre piece that brings the experience of colonial, anticolonial and nationalist journey. Choreographer, and a Performer. Performed with Ruwan Pushpakumara. At Doane Dance Performance Space, Denison University, Ohio, USA on 19th April 2019.

Masks and Myths: Devils and Dancers from Sri Lanka, a dance performance to commemorate the 125th year of the World's Columbian Exposition- Chicago. Organized by Mandala South Asian Arts Institute funded by MacArthur Foundation, Performed at Logan Center, University of Chicago, USA On 6th and 7th October 2018.

Kandyan Dance: The Expression of Sri Lanka movement theatre piece on colonialism and Sri Lankan dance followed by Q&A session Choreographer and Performer Performed at Fulton Recital Hall, University of Chicago, USA Co-hosted by the University of Chicago Graduate Music Society and Mandala South Asian Performing Arts Institution On 16th March 2017.

Parampara, a reflection on transmission of traditional Kandyan dance Performer and co-choreographer with Vajira Mantillake Premiered at Sri Lanka’s 68th Independence Day Celebration at Washington, DC On 4th February 2016

My Devil Dance, dance theatre piece on the colonial history of Kandyan dance Choreographer, Performer, and Director Premiered at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, USA. 29th and 30th January 2016

Subvisible, a collaborative movement theatre piece with David Chavannes Choreographer and Performer Performed at Shared Grad Dance concert at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, USA. 10th and 12th April 2015

Projects for the living, MFA Dance Thesis project of Robin Neveu Brown, Danceturg/Dramaturg The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, USA 12th and 13th March, 2015

Nothing, a theatrical clown piece by Les(s) Clowns Performer Directed by Leslie Felbain and Daniel Pinha. Performed at Baltimore Theatre Project as part of Charm City Fringe Festival 2014. 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th of November 2014. Winner of the Audience Award Charm City Fringe Festival in 2014.

Groove, a collaborative dance performance project Performer and Collaborator Directed by Stephanie Miracle, Performer, 11th and 12th of September, 2014, NextDance at NextNow festival of future of arts, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, USA. The cast was awarded the “Best Performance by a Non-Ballet Dancer” by DC Metro Theatre Arts 2014.

Vannamas, A Research-based Dance Performance, Choreographer At the Galle Literary Festival 2011, in Law Court Square, Galle Fort with the dancers of The Amugunama Madyama Lanka School of Dance sponsored by The Royal Norwegian Embassy. 28th January 2011.

Our Violin, a movement theatre piece Choreographer and the Director At the BlackBox Short Play Festival (From 27th July - 3rd August 2010), Interact Art Organization, Rajagiriya, Colombo. July 2010

Vannam, a traditional dance performance of Kandyan dance in its traditional context Danceturg/Dramaturg Produced by Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda, at Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Kandy. January, February and March 2010

Insight, a solo modern dance piece Choreographer and Performer Performed with The Peradeniya Singers at Girls High school hall, Kandy and St’ Peters College, Colombo. 2008.

Urumaya soya (In search of the Heritage), a Tele-drama Dance director Directed by produced by the Extension Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya. 2000.

A contemporary performance 1 (Dance with chair), A collaborative dance performance Performer and Collaborative choreographer By Hantana New Movement, at the cultural performance at 1st International conference on Social Sciences and Humanities of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya. 16th December, 2011.

Specialization

Critical Pedagogy

Rhizomatic Learning

Decolonial Process

Healing and Performance

South Asian Performance History

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Colonialism, Postcolonialism and Performance

Sri Lankan Dance

Other Academic Contributions

Official delegate of Sri Lanka at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for the Conference on 'Circulation of Cultures and Culture of Circulation: Diasporic Cultures of South Asia During 18th to 20th Centuries', From 15-17 March 2012 at Galle, Sri Lanka, Organized by SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka.

Co-Chair (with Dr. Norman Yusoff) in the 4th Artistic Interspaces of Malaysia Symposium (AIMS 2018) at the University of Peradeniya, organized by Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, and Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, on 8th-9th November 2018.

Featured in the French video documentary, Report on Kandyan Dance, Directed by Alexia Gaillard, Journalist- Director for Elephant Production, Paris. Broadcasted in the « Invitation au voyage » program on the channel ARTE (European Culture TV Channel). March 2020.





Department of Fine Arts