University of Aberdeen

Sudesh Mantillake joins the University of Aberdeen online from Sri Lanka to talk about his research and practice exploring Kandyan dance. The session was prompted by a conversation about two masks in the University’s collections.

Sudesh Mantillake is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, and an educator. Sudesh received his BA degree from the University of Peradeniya- Sri Lanka, and MSc degree from the University of Lugano – Switzerland, and PhD degree from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, USA. He is trained in Kandyan dance, Kathak dance, theatrical clowning, and contemporary dance. Outside of Sri Lanka, he has presented his work in Athens, Sharjah, London, Helsinki, Lugano, New York, Virginia, Chicago, California, Granville, Minnesota, and Maryland. Sudesh has been an intern at the National Museum of Dance, New York, and at the Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Welfare Foundation, London. His recent choreography My Devil Dance explores Kandyan dancers’ experience in the European “colonial exhibitions.”

If you are interested in joining the session for a chat and a cup of tea, please email for the link to the MS Teams session


Further information

Collections Conversations: Sri Lankan Dance Masks
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