Collections Conversations: Sri Lankan Dance Masks

Collections Conversations: Sri Lankan Dance Masks

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Sudesh Mantillake joins us online from Sri Lanka to talk about his research and practice exploring Kandyan dance.

One of the positive things to come out of the use of online gatherings during lockdown is the ability to invite guests from overseas to be part of our Collections Conversations. We are delighted that a conversation about two masks in our collections has led to the opportunity for us to chat with Sudesh Mantillake.

Sudesh Mantillake is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, and an educator. Sudesh received his BA degree from the University of Peradeniya- Sri Lanka, and MSc degree from the University of Lugano – Switzerland, and PhD degree from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, USA. He is trained in Kandyan dance, Kathak dance, theatrical clowning, and contemporary dance. Outside of Sri Lanka, he has presented his work in Athens, Sharjah, London, Helsinki, Lugano, New York, Virginia, Chicago, California, Granville, Minnesota, and Maryland. Sudesh has been an intern at the National Museum of Dance, New York, and at the Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Welfare Foundation, London. His recent choreography My Devil Dance explores Kandyan dancers’ experience in the European “colonial exhibitions.”

Person holding up dance mask

Sudesh Mantillake, Head of the Department Department of Fine Arts University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka
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If you are interested in joining us for a chat and a cup of tea, please email for the link to the MS Teams session.

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