The Deanna School of Dancing (DSD) recently presented ‘La Bayadère’ and ‘The Dream’ at the Bishops College Auditorium.
Directed by Deanna Jayasuriya and Choreographed by Natalie Jayasuriya and Natasha Jayasuriya, both productions saw the students of the senior and junior schools showcase their best talents on stage.
La Bayadère, presented by the senior school, is a story of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance, and justice. In the story, the warrior Solor, has slipped away from his hunting comrades to brave the sacred woods, to be with Nikiya, a Bayadère from a temple, with whom he has fallen madly in love with. However, their love seems to be thwarted from the start because the Grand Brahmin also declares his love for Nikiya after he sees her dance.
Meanwhile, the Rajah’s daughter Gamzatti, is betrothed to Solor, although she has started to doubt his returned affections. The Rajah, tells her that the proposed marriage, which has been arranged for some time, must proceed.
The role of Nikiya was performed by Karin Wijeratne, Princess Gamzatti by Zareen Fazleabas, The High Brahmin by Niren Ranasinghe, Fakir by Asanga de Silva and the Bayadère Dancers by Amrita Perera, Jayeshi Perera, Senani Gunatilleke, Ravini Gunasekera, Avanti Paranavitana, Hiruni Dabare, Thisara Ranasinghe and Anya Weerasinghe.
Presented by the junior school, The Dream is a fairy tale about a little girl who is driven by her passion for dance. A gypsy woman’s prediction of the little girl being lost to grief almost comes to pass when she has a nasty accident, which leaves her paralysed.
The main roles of Maria was danced by Anya De Silva, Vinuki Medagama, Fatema Shabir and Nimara Mahawatte. The Gypsy Girl was danced by Kinaara Malawana, Dewlini Thomas, Alana Seneviratne and Sandali Dissanayake. The Fairy Godmother was played by Shanaya Pereira, Lisara Gallage, Archana de Silva and Anika Seneviratne. The role of the mother was played by Avanthika Gunasekeran and Shruthi Murugesan.
The two productions featured children from the age of 2 to 25 and showcased the talent of over 600 students.