Behind the scenes of a traditional sri lankan dance performance

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Established in the 1940s by Guru Chitrasena, The Chitrasena Dance Company is Sri Lanka’s oldest and most prestigious dance company and was instrumental in bringing the island’s traditional dances from village rituals to the modern stage. Over 40 years, the School has set the standards in transforming dance theatre in Sri Lanka through the foundations laid by Guru Chitrasena. Today, story of traditional dance and Guru Chitrasena is kept alive by his the heirs to his artistic dynasty and vision, who have nurtured his legacy with deep love and respect. Reputed for being the pioneers and revolutionists in the dance sphere in Sri Lanka – they continue to experiment without compromise and use traditional dance language and form to create cutting-edge contemporary dance theatre.

Experience Overview

Is this Experience for you?

The Chitrasena Dance Company offers two exclusive experiences that portray the many different aspects of traditional Sri Lankan dance, which accommodate many different interest levels: from interactive sessions, to behind the scenes sneak previews of shows; each experience ties in fitness, rhythm, skill and meeting living legends of Sri Lankan dance.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

A guided tour with a member of the Chithrasena family, lunch or refreshments, vehicle and driver.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

2.5 hours.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

This would be suitable for older children.

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Saturday mornings from 10am and Wednesday evenings from 5pm.

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Light cool clothing.

Important to know: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

Alcoholic beverages are not served during the experience. Any dietary restrictions should be mentioned to SLIS in advance.

Private or not? - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is not private.

About the Host

Born into a pioneering family of dance in Sri Lanka, Heshma Wignaraja continues the work and legacy of her grandparents, who brought traditional indigenous dance to the national and international stage beginning in the 1940s. The Chitrasena Dance Company is Sri Lanka’s oldest and most prestigious dance company, having represented Sri Lanka internationally since 1952. In her dual roles as Artistic Director of the dance company and Director of the Board of its foundation, Heshma is responsible for choreographing, producing, and directing all productions as well as overseeing administrative staff and managing strategic planning for the foundation. While in the U.S. she explored modern dance choreography, the latest techniques in dance training, and effective management of dance schools.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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