Mixing traditional and contemporary arts and crafts for powerful communication
Power of Play is the result of a bold, entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for performing arts. Founded by Sulochana Dissanayake in 2011, Power of Play has broken down barriers and entertained audiences via art forms with universal appeal, cultural diversity and a rich history.
Power of Play has innovated the use of puppets, theatre and storytelling to educate and train people across different social milieus, using the expertise of professionals from the performing arts, media and creative industries. Sulochana and her team are breaking new ground in how audiences perceive traditional arts and crafts and their timeless relevance for modern teaching methods.
The highly adaptable nature of theatre and performance has allowed Power of Play to push boundaries in how they approach and link with communities in different settings, be it urban or rural, local or international and in the public or private sectors. At the heart of it all is a need to inspire people to overcome inhibitions, to share in the joy of shared stories and to remember the healing power of play.
HIGHLIGHTS - TIME LINE
Launching of the holiday programs of CAMP KREATIV with workshops in drama, dance and photography for children and youth
Partnered with 361 Edge (a dynamic corporate training outfit) to offer public training programs in utilizing performing arts to develop communication in corporate environments.
Launch of ‘Sybil’s Stories’ in collaboration with Expographics Bookstore Pelawatte. Monthly dramatized narrations of Sybil Wettasinghe’s classics brought to life through dialogue, movement, music, puppetry and audience interactions.
Directed the overall champions of John Keels talent competition 2013 (drama team of Cinnamon Grand) to perform a unique non-verbal performance to highlight social injustices/abuse faced by women in Sri Lanka.
Demons of Development’ - A modern thovile presented by Power of Play to exorcise the demons of egalitarian development. (Commissioned by Center for Poverty Analysis for 'Re-Imagining Development' symposium's performing arts evening)
Creation of a giant Santa Claus puppet who performs with his human-size elf-assistant.
Jaffna Music Festival. Invited by Saranga Puppet Theater (led by Ambalangoda puppet maestro Premin Ganvari) to perform at the Jaffna Music Festival 2011.
Raja the giant elephant-puppet lantern - commissioned by the Cancer Society of Sri Lanka to build a life-size elephant puppet lantern (which was originally conceptualized in Bali drawing inspiration from the Balinese Barong dancing tradition, South African giant puppets and Sri Lankan vesak lanterns) which paraded around Vihara Maha Devi park, Colombo 7.
Drama and puppet facilitator for Merril J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (Moratuwa) (founded by Dilmah to improve the lives of low-income families.)
Performed ‘Zippy the Zebra’ – an original hand puppet performance about self-discovery and self realization inspired by South African culture at the Sri Lankan Theater Festival 2011 (sponsored by Inter Act Art society)
Invited by a leading garment industry corporation to customize unique training solutions capitalizing on performing arts to enhance creative communications, innovations and personality development.
Jack and the SOY Beanstalk. Invited to direct the firstever junior school production at Royal College, Colombo 7. The selected production (‘Jack and the Soy Beanstalk’ by Jerrod Bogard) was originally written for four adults and had to be expanded to include over 150 students from grade 1-9. It ended up being the largest school production Royal has produced to date, producing both profits and a standard of professionalism for school productions that was commended by veteran artists.
Shadows of Change schools tour. Touring non-verbal, issue-based theater performances to raise awareness on teenage pregnancies and intelligent use of technology by ‘Shadows of Change - Jaffna’ to 10 schools based in and around Jaffna town (sponsored by US Embassy of Sri Lanka).
Galle Children’s Festival – invited to conduct workshops on drama, puppetry and playwriting at the GCF sponsored by Adopt Sri Lanka as part of the schools outreach program in partnership with the Galle Literary Festival.
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