Dancing a story
Sea Legs to take audience on a voyage of narrative
The group from Sea Legs touring Sri
Lanka comprises 12 company members who are professional
dancers hailing from New York City, Seattle, Pittsburg,
Delaware, Baltimore, and Texas. They are Kate Bishop,
Dimitri Kalaitzidis, Edwardo Brito, Nicole Lemelin,
Jacqueline Dennis, Michelle Brock, Megan Guinta, Erica
Saucedo, Henry Holmes, Tikiri Shapiro, Anna Hulse, and Sarah
No one can tell a story the way the Sea Legs do. Elegant, effortless,
ethereal and athletic, they transform the stage into pages and a fusion
of modern dance, jazz, ballet and hip-hop to words, to narrate beautiful
tales of love and loss and fun and frolic and happy adventure.
Scheduled to perform in various locations in Sri Lanka from January
10 to January 17, 2016, Sea Legs, famous for their fresh, new and edgy
dance works is a US-based dance troupe, comprising 12 professional
dancers from various dance-centric cities in the US. The troupe is
directed by Tikiri Shapiro, a graduate from the George Mason University
School of Dance, with a special affinity for Sri Lanka.
With backgrounds in modern jazz, ballet and hip hop, the Sea Leg
dancers are in collegiate dance programs, perform with other dance
companies and also choreograph their own shows.
Shapiro performed in Sri Lanka when she accompanied a US dance
ensemble in 2004, while two other members, Edwardo Brito and Megan
Guinta, have performed in Vietnam and China respectively. However, for
other this Sri Lanka tour will be the first performance outside the USA.
And they are all looking forward to the new cultural experiences.
Sea Legs artistes use their professionalism to inspire enthusiasm
among their audience while simultaneously presenting complex quality
shows for all ages to enjoy. They strive to embody their name ‘Sea Legs’
by forever adapting to the different places and possibilities dance can
They assure that throughout the performance, one will see modern
dance stories with influences of contemporary, ballet, jazz, and hip hop
styles done with athleticism, variety and artistry. All the narrative
pieces they assure are entertaining, family-friendly and relatable for
any type of audience.
The Sri Lanka Tour
Lost & Found
Style: A Modern Ballet
Time: 20 minutes
A piece where costumes and choreography
make art on stage. Through geometric patterns and colourful
costumes, the dancers paint a picture on stage depicting
scenarios of lost things, people, and possibly a lost sock.
This dance uses humour and the element of surprise by
creating illusions with the dancer’s bodies and costumes.
Since July this year, the dance group has been enthusiastically
planning their Sri Lankan tour. Scheduled to perform in Kandy, Colombo,
Negombo and Galle, the troupe is also scheduled to hold exclusive shows
for school students in each area.
“For any child who aspires to be a dancer, or simply loves dancing,
this will be a unique opportunity to witness performances that are well
crafted and presented with professionalism and agility and technique,”
they say adding that the show itself is a collection of dance pieces and
can be customised according to the venue or audience is necessary.
The Magic Suitcase
Style: Modern Dance with Jazz and Ballet influence
Time: 30 minutes
This dance story is geared towards a
young audience. It contains athleticism, acting, ballet
partnering, and modern dance. This work presents the
lighthearted story about a gypsy, a tradesman, magical ?sh,
and their unlikely, adventurous, and sometimes comical
Sea Legs Dance Adventures in Sri Lanka is presented by Footwork
Events, a company that has been promoting and enriching the dance scene
in Sri Lanka through the years.
Dharshan Wijesooriya, a Fellow and an Overseas Examiner of the
International Dance Teachers Association UK, and a licensed
International Dance Adjudicator of the World Dance Council, has been
driving force of Footwork Events from its inception.
Being an avid dance enthusiast, he has always been keen to promote
dance related events and workshops in Sri Lanka.
Sea Legs Dancers will be performing two school shows at Hillwood
College Kandy on January 13 and at Visaka Vidyalaya on January 14. The
Kandy show is organised by the Past Pupils Association of Hillwood
The troupe will also hold a series of Dance Workshops on
‘Introduction to Modern Dance’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Ballet’, ‘Choreography’ and
‘Yoga’ on January 15 at the Sasakawa Hall, Colombo 3.
The two public shows will be on January 13 at the Hillwood College
Kandy and the other on January 16 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo
Tickets will be available at the Lionel Wendt and Palayakarts, Kandy.
The Consequence of Immediate Bliss
Style: Modern Dance
Time: 20 minutes
Dance Story with the theme of how rash
decisions for immediate satisfaction can hurt us and how
courage and ambition can make us stronger. An interesting
aspect of this piece is that all the background scenery is
created by silhouettes formed through props shadows and
Kiss the Dragon
Style: Modern Dance
Time: 8 Minutes
A modern dance duet about unrequited
emotion subdued by a hug. Full of partnering and musicality.