ECATA is a sub project of nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka, where we choose a group of different students/individuals each year to perform on the nATFEST stage. ECATA stands for “Exchanging Creative Atmospheres To All”, and also means “Together” in Sinhalese, the native tongue of Sri Lanka.
This is also where nATANDA gives its most senior dancers the opportunity to choreograph and to showcase their capabilities outside of dancing alone. It is about using the talents and skills that are put before them to create art.
ECATA was introduced to the stage for the first time during nATFEST 2015. Malith Upendra was the choreographer of the piece “Fingerprints”, and it was performed by a group of students from the University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Colombo, and a member of nATANDA, Lakni Kalpana.