nATFEST is Sri Lanka’s first and only international contemporary dance festival, and is curated by Kapila Palihawadana and organized by nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka. nATANDA is a non-profit organization which is situated in Colombo that is passionate about dance and bringing harmony to the country.
The festival brings together a number of international and local dance companies to perform on one stage to encourage respect, trust and dance under one unifying theme “Dance for Reconciliation”.
nATFEST is not only about stage presence and performances, but it is also about sharing the arts and cultures that hold dear to each artist. In 2015, the international artists conducted workshops throughout the course of the festival during the day that benefited all who participated.
In a country where internal conflict was predominant for thirty years, the arts play an important role in speaking the unspeakable through a language that voices out through physical movements. Dance in itself is a language that speaks to souls, not just ears. Which is why the arts play an important role in the human evolution; the evolution of reconciliation within one self and fellow countrymen. This was what was clearly seen at all the conducted nATFEST workshops.
nATFEST is all about dreams, passions, and reconciliation(s). Do come along and “Dance for Reconciliation” with us.