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CityDance Presents: Asanga Domask’s Vishwa Lanka Rangana

October 19, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sat, Nov 5, 7:00pm
Sun, Nov 6, 6:00pm
CityDance Studio Theater at the Music Center at Strathmore

“Asanga Domask is one of this town’s most talented artists” – Washington City Paper

Asanga Domask, CityDance Ignite Artist, and Founder and Artistic Director of SerendibDance, brings a daring collection of Sri Lankan traditional and folk dance to the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore.

Vishwa Lanka Rangana, will premiere original choreography of several group and solo works that are dedicated to the preservation of Sri Lanka’s traditional Kandyan, low country, and folk dance.

More than 20 dancers from CityDance’s Sri Lankan Traditional and Folk dance program and from the CityDance Conservatory, will perform the elegant and dynamic movements that typify these dances.

Traditional music and elaborate costumes and props (handcrafted in Sri Lanka) will take the audience on a journey into an ancient world rich in heritage and sacred traditions.

ARTIST BIO
Asanga Domask (Founder and Artistic Director of SerendibDance and CityDance Ignite Artist)

Asanga Domask is an educator, performer, a choreographer, an arts administrator, and the founder and artistic director of SerendibDance, a Sri Lankan Traditional & Folk dance company based in the Washington, DC area. The mission of SerendibDance is to serve a fundamental role in preserving the sacred and endangered art of traditional Sri Lankan dance through training, education, and performance. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Domask devoted her childhood to studying the art of traditional Sri Lankan dance, Kandyan and Low Country, under prominent dance masters, including Nandana Balasuriya, Chitrasena and Vajira Dias, and Gyana Magammana. After coming to the U.S., Domask received her B.A. in Economics, worked at the World Wildlife Fund, and later earned her M.A. in Dance from the American University with a thesis focused on Sri Lankan traditional dance preservation. Domask started working for CityDance in 2005 and currently serves as the Director of Student Advancement for the Conservatory. Domask has choreographed and performed extensively in local and international venues, including at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, IlluminAsia Festival at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Sri Lankan Embassy events, U.S. State Department, The Music Center at Strathmore, Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan, VelocityDC Dance Festival at Sydney Harman Hall, Dance Place, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Intersections, and the American Performing Arts Presenters in NYC, among others.

In 2010, Domask established the Sri Lankan Traditional and Folk Dance Program at CityDance at Strathmore and has directed and choreographed concerts since then to help preserve the heritage of Sri Lanka. In 2013, she was invited to national ballet of Kazakhstan, Astana Ballet, to choreograph and teach master classes. Her work with Astana Ballet was premiered at the Presidents Day Gala in June 2013 at the Pyramid Opera House and currently being presented as part of the Company’s international tour. Domask is a 2022-23 Ignite Artist at CityDance and is a recipient of the prestigious 2013 and 2016 Individual Artist & Scholars Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and 2014 Individual Artist Award in Dance: Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Organizer

CityDance
Email:
www.citydance.net

Venue

CityDance at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852 United States
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