Swings of Love

Concept

The show proposed as its main theme the life of the last woman on earth and specifically the desire, the carnal love and sexual violence against women. The theme, delicate in many countries including Sri Lanka, has been a taboo for centuries and is still one of the topics that provoke such emotions as shyness and curiosity. The show will be based on the proposed use of the body, rhythm, music, and voice. Great importance will be given to the colors and lights, as well as the use of space. Typical drums of Sri Lanka will be used, which in traditional songs are often associated with the sensual sphere, and in the show they have the function of expressing love and desire, even if violent. Another important component of the creation will be a swing hanging from the ceiling and a rope / fabric, used by professional circus artists. The actress will, through her body and voice, "fly" several meters from the ground, never touching the ground for any reason.

 

Contents

The work is going to feature poems and verses by Omar Khayyam and Osho which describe and depict with words the spheres of love and desire. The actress will have at her disposal her body, the rope and the swing to express the main theme through movements and sounds, while the colors of the lights, the video projection, and the tribal music of the drums will accompany and support the acting.

 

Objective

The production will be realized in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Following the period of a month, the premiere will be in Colombo and later in Italy, with the expectation of being able to participate in numerous international theater festivals and go on tour for the next five years. We have already received invitations from renowned festivals in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

 

Duration

The duration of the show will be about one hour. 

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Director

M. SAFEER

 

Winning best director, playwright, director of a publishing house, and a pioneer in the introduction of the concept of the Black Box Theater, founder and director of 'Inter Act Art - IAA has been a participant in numerous theatrical and artistic projects in the past twenty years, both nationally and internationally. He is also a prominent figure in mainstream Sinhalese theater.

Publisher and author, wrote the first book of artistic entrepreneurship in the entertainment industry and is the first to have used the Page Maker software and the Black Box Theater (BBT) in Sinhala. Over the past 20 years he has made theater workshops with young Sinhala, Tamils and Muslims. In his workshops and training sessions he puts continuous attention to the ability to change, the development of new capacities, processing capacities, and collaboration.

Directed more than 20 shows, monologues, dance pieces ..., each of which was used in the original language or translated into two or more different languages. He has contributed to the diffusion and the realization of theater pieces in Sinhala theater and to the development of human resources in educational institutions and workplaces in Sri Lanka. He works as a judge in the National Theater Festival of Sri Lanka and in other theater festivals organized by the Ministry of Education as well as an instructor of teachers of theater of the Ministry of Education.

A pioneer in the introduction of the Black Box Theater and the Theater Forum in Sri Lanka. He is the only person who manages and owns a Black Box house in Sri Lanka.

He worked as a consultant and director programmer in numerous international organizations such FLICT-GIZ, CENTRE FOR POVERTY ANALYSIS-CEPA, NeelanThiruchelvam Trust - NTT, German Cultural Centre- GI, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society- SLRC, US AID.

In 2013 he was invited by Professor Vidyanidee Vanarase at FLAME University of Pune (Foundation for Liberal Arts and Management Education) in India for a workshop on physical theater with the students. At the end of the seminar a show was created that M. Safeer directed.

In 2015 he produced and directed three non-verbal monologues with artists from Goa, in India after being invited by a highly

decorated director and the Director of Culture and Art of the Government of the State of Goa, India.

Member of the committee created by the prime minister to monitor the construction of the John De Silva theater and other theaters in Sri Lanka.

Member of the Committee of Culture and Art and of the NFTAS: "National Federation of Theatre Artists" in Sri Lanka. 

 

Actress

JULIA FILIPPO 

Born in Rimini, Italy in 1984, she studied physical theater in France and she graduated from the school “Arsenale” of Milan - Lecoq method (2005). She is an actress in many projects such as: “Un bar sotto il mare” Novelli Theater (2003), “La Cantatrice Calva” Arsenale Theater (2005), “Sabbia – Nessuno ci guarda” Franco Parenti Theater (2008), “Dio Mercato Chorus” Ringhiera Theater (2008), “Imraa, Jin, Xaniman, Women” Hidden Theater (2009) with the direction of Annet Henneman.

 

In 2008 she directed the opera “La Bohème” in Teatro dei Vigilanti. She joined the company Living Theater of New York in 2009 in the tour of Israel and Palestine and in 2010 in the tour in Belgium with many performances.

 

From 2010 she collaborated with Teatro Era of Pontedera with the performances “Abito” “Iter” and “Lisboa” that toured Japan, Brazil, Italy, Portugal and Denmark. In 2013 she took part in the show “The Clinic of Blinded” of the director Pierangelo Pompa with the company Laboratorio di Altamira. She paricipated in the festival

Transit 6 organized by Odin Teatret and starts a collaboration with Else Marie Laukvik and Manuel Ramos, Colombian actor and pedagogue with whom she created the company Itinera.

 

She developped her pedagogical work with many associations and institutions such as “La Bottega del Teatro” (Italy), teaching different South American communities and the native community of lomas (Perù), the youth detention center of Bogotá and the ballet team of Teatro Municipal de Assunción (Paraguay). In 2014 she worked for Camp Magic (Singapore), the Parkinson Center of Kuala Lumpur MPDA (Malesia) and

the Ikuk Center (Malaysia), working with people with disabilities. 

Playwright

MANJULA WEDIWARDENA 

 

Manjula Wediwardena is a Sri Lankan creative writer, poet and a journalist who works actively against war. Although he was born to a Sinhala family he wrote against the inhuman suppression and violation of human rights of the Tamils and Tamil journalists during the ethnic war in Sri Lanka. As a result he was forced to flee from Sri Lanka to escape from life threats and now lives as a political refugee in France since 2009.

In early 1990s Manjula started his career as a journalist in a popular newspaper in Sri Lanka and lost his job in 1995 after fighting against the unjust management actions on the employees. Then he started working for two main tabloid political newspapers and a television channel, script writing and presenting a controversial program called “The warrant” from 2003-2007. Manjula became the first editor in chief of one of the first newspapers started according to media ethics in Sri Lanka and left the job opposing the unfair management interventions into editorial work. Not giving up on journalism even

while living as an exile, Manjula became one of the pioneers of the organisation called

“Journalists for a Democratic Sri Lanka” in 2009. He is actively involved in the

organisation and works as an editor of their website.

In 1997 Manjula published his first poetry book, “Clueless heart” with Shane

Mackelvie and started his journey as a creative writer. His second book was called

“Maria named Mary” a collection of short stories that had been banned by the

government responding to a request of the Catholic Church.

Thereafter Manjula has published six more poetry books attracting four main

awards and becoming short listed for many other awards and prizes. “Landless

motherland”, published in 2010, the poetry collection was the first Sinhala

poetry collection written by Manjula about Tamil ethnic life within Sri

Lankan society. The book has been translated into Tamil in 2012 and it was

the only Sinhala poetry book translated into Tamil in Sri Lanka. Manjula’s

poetry has further been translated into English, French and Rumanian.

After his short stories collection being censored, Manjula has

published another two books called “Saint Judas” in 2010 and

“Beauty of viciousness and other stories from Rathmalana” in 2016.

The two novels he wrote, “Baththalangunduawa” and “My

beloved demoness” became very popular in Sri Lanka and placed

in the top five books for the “Golden Book” award. Although

there had been religious and ethnic protests against “My

beloved demoness”, the book was accepted and praised as a splendid piece of work. 

 


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