At the invitation of Building Bridges, an initiative for social cohesion, we conducted two 3-day community building workshops using physical theatre and drama therapy techniques with youth from two villages in the Vavuniya district - Kakkaiyankulam and Nattankandal.
Our work here was also supported by the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (NTT). Find out more at www.neelan.org
More info on Building Bridges - http://buildingbridges.lk/about/
Galle Children's Festival (2013)
Under Ruvin de Silva’s direction, these tailor-made workshops were designed specifically for the participating children, keeping in mind their ages and social context. Our aim is to guide all workshop participants in devising and staging their own performance at the end of the workshops.
Mind Adventures worked with the boys at The Boys Development Centre an orphanage/ halfway home situated in Maharagama. Over a period of 10 weeks, we guided them through art, craft, music and theatre workshops, helping them to develop their interests and hobbies as well as engage their creativity in all those areas. The result is an incredible collection of original work, including two original plays, art and craftwork and musical items created entirely from scratch by the boys themselves! The programme culminated in an all day festival.
Workshops led by Ruvin de Silva
With additional workshops by Anjalie Pieris, Isuri Dayaratne, Shaun Perera, Deeandra Bulner , Ruwangi Amarasinghe, Nisal Attanayake, Shanika Perera, Hania and Buddhima Kurukulasuriya
Venue: Charcoal Gallery, Mount Lavinia
WNS Sri Lanka (2013)
In November 2013, children from Sannar village in Mannar spent a full day in Colombo with our team, which was headed by Ruvin de Silva. Participants engaged with drama, dance and arts and crafts activities.
THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT (2011)
Mind Adventures entered into collaboration with Colombo-based inner-city youth development project, the Warehouse Project. Mind Adventures held devising workshops for over a period of 6 months with children and young-adults from Colombo's urban-poor households at the Warehouse Project. Directed by Ruvin de Silva, the workshop participants created an original piece, which was performed at ArtWalk – a charity gala - in 2011.