of cultural diversity
Courage is about standing up for what you believe in. Strength comes
from achieving this. A person’s traditions and culture breeds
individuality that is unique in our cosmopolitan world. Different
cultures spur different styles of music and dance. Reluctance in
accepting and tolerating these disparities leads to confrontation
and hostility. On a lonely street, two gangs of different genres
are ready to clash and battle for supremacy. Each wants to be street
is the setting for the innovative show entitled Street Beat presented
by the Elizabeth Moir School. An explosive mix of street dance and
popular music, which will thrill all music lovers, Street Beat features
two street gangs, one a very modern hip-hop dance group and the
other, a traditional Indian bhangra dance group. Both groups believe
they have the right to dominate, and the clash of cultures leads
to a thrilling and spectacular climax.
show features many well known songs such as “I Need A Hero”,
“Eye Of The Tiger”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”,
“True Colours”, “The World’s Greatest”
and many more hit songs. The songs attempt to build up a storyline
that shows the tension between the two groups.
concept for the show was conceived by artistic director, Aida Mansoor,
who felt the students have the talent to extend themselves and do
something entirely different to previous school concerts. Natasha
Jayasuriya choreographed the hip-hop dance routines, while the bhangra
dance routines were choreographed by Seema Chandani. The producer
of Street Beat is Robin Hiney. The stunning costumes for the show
are by Sonali White of Haddai, and the hair and make-up by 7th Avenue.
The music tracks are by Ranga Dassanayake.
Beat will take place on November 20, 2004 at the Bishop’s
College Auditorium. There will also be a matinee performance on
the same day at 3.00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Elizabeth Moir
Senior School, 4/20, Thalakotuwa Gardens, Colombo 5.