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Lenchinaa

Choreographer: Swadhi Ranganee
Performer: Swadhi Ranganee
Music: Deepa Hettige, Harinda Jayawardana, Dilshan Umayanga, Manoj Peiris, Baliphonics (Susantha Rupathilaka, Prasanna Rupathilaka, Sumudi Suraweera, Reuben Derrick)
All music used with permission of the artist(s) and/or publisher
Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
World Premiere

Lenchinaa

Wednesday October 7, 2020
Free Livestream
9PM EDT
 

Recording available until October 18, 2020

Choreographer: Swadhi Ranganee
Performer: Swadhi Ranganee
Music: Deepa Hettige, Harinda Jayawardana, Dilshan Umayanga, Manoj Peiris, Baliphonics (Susantha Rupathilaka, Prasanna Rupathilaka, Sumudi Suraweera, Reuben Derrick)
All music used with permission of the artist(s) and/or publisher
Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
World Premiere

Swadhi Ranganee’s Lenchinaa explores gendered aesthetics through the medium of Sinhalese folk, traditional, and contemporary dance. Inspired by the mask of Lenchinaa, the flirtatious village beauty of the Kolam tradition, Ranganee’s piece departs from Kolam’s emphasis on comedy while retaining its aim of social commentary, using the mask as a way to focus on the feminized body.

Originally performed by male practitioners, Sinhalese classical dance has transformed through its adaptation out of night-long rituals into the light of the stage and, simultaneously, onto female performers. Dancers often move within gendered parameters; nonetheless, art pushes boundaries, taking the body beyond gender. Ranganee attempts to render such limits and freedoms in her piece, a coming-of-age story in which Lenchinaa finds power, grace, and magic in a journey through movement and dance.

Swadhi Ranganee

Swadhi Ranganee

Choreographer/Performer

Swadhi Ranganee is a performance artist specializing in Sri-Lankan/Sinhalese traditional (udarata/pahatharata), folk, and modern dance, which she has been practicing for over 20 years. She has additional experience in other South Asian styles, as well as jazz and contemporary, musical theatre, and Latin dancing. She has danced in numerous local events, festivals, and private functions across Ontario and Quebec. Recent artistic highlights include dancing in Expect Theatre’s dance and spoken word production for Nuit Blanche Toronto (2015), as well as developing and facilitating a community dance program funded by the Platform-A Emerging Artist program (2016). She is also engaged in researching and writing about Sinhalese performance arts, as she is passionate about bringing these traditions to wider recognition.  

Photo credits: Robert Vibert/RSV Photography

For more info including high-res photos, bios, and head shots, please visit the Night Shift 2020 media page.

Night Shift is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada.  

Night Shift is co-presented with Fall for Dance North.