NAPA INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
WAHALA (SLAVERY) by nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds" - Marcus Garvey
nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka's 'Wahala or Slavery' depicts the suffering, pain and anguish felt by anyone who has experienced slavery of any form.
Historically slavery was considered the condition in which individuals were owned by others who controlled where they lived and at what they worked. Slavery has existed in one from or another through recorded human history and it is believed that slavery began before written history in many cultures. Even through slavery is now illegal in all countries it is prevalent in other forms and many are still subject to various forms of modern slavery. This exists in forms such as human trafficking, forced labour and forced marriage. Slavery doesn't only takes such an obvious form. For many people, slavery is the feeling of having their freedom taken away and that their life and life choices are not their own. Becoming but a slave to their career, gender, society or even their own selves.
Kapila Palihawadana (Director and Choreographer)
ABOUT NATANDA DANCE THEATRE:
nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka’s first ever contemporary dance company. nATANDA was founded by Kapila Palihawadana in 2002, and has since then shown immense potential through their many performances on local and international soil. The company started performing one-hour productions in 2005 and has continued to do so up to date. nATANDA has accumulated 12 one-hour productions under its belt, and all were directed and choreographed by Kapila Palihawadana.
nATANDA won 4th place out of 65 Asian dance production and 16 Asian countries at the International competition of choreography plan for Asia Dance Production, Seoul, South Korea, 2011. nATANDA is also the only company in the island that conducts an annual international dance festival, nATFEST, founded in 2015.