‘Swan Lake’ once again!
‘An Inspired Swan Lake’ courtesy
the lovely people of Sunera Foundation together with versatile play
director Jehan Aloysius, will bring this inspirational production next
month. Thankfully, nothing to do with the presidential swan symbol with
regard to the recent election, the Swan in this play will revolve around
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. From March 5th until the 7th, the world-famous
musical, now a special production, will go on board at the Lionel Wendt
theatre with a stunning cast. The BBC World Service has featured the
cast on the Outlook radio program and CNN on their iReport.
According to CNN, Jehan and his StageHands Team have created a new
form of physical theatre called ‘Body Narratives’ which uses crutches
and wheelchairs to create positive images, enabling the cast and
audience to rediscover the beauty and strength of the human body.
For the ‘Swan Lake’ production, 4 former soldiers injured in land
mines have acted in it. Lead actor Thusitha who lost his right leg in a
landmine while on duty in Kilinochchi has expressed that “At that time
my leg loss was damaging not only physically but also mentally but I am
a patriot so I believe I served well. However, after acting in ‘Swan
Lake’ I feel more confident and have more self-esteem which has given
new meaning to my life.”
Jehan said, “I learn from the cast everyday because for me, it was
bringing them to life with what they had. The boys in the play have
become more confident and feel attractive because after the success of
the play, they are popular”
Starring as Nicholas, Thusitha Wimalasuriya will brave many a storm
and hopefully, he won’t be injured in the dress rehearsals this time.
Even though he’s in crutches, he has proved that you can overcome any
obstacle provided you are willing and strong-minded.
The beautiful Evangeline De Silva will grace the stage too. The
star-crossed lovers, the beautiful Russian Swan Lake music, the talented
supporting cast and the special effects of the lake and the bridge will
culminate again to give a magical performance by the Sunera Foundation.