Kanchana Malshani is a performing artist and dancer from Colombo. Classically trained in Sri Lankan traditional dance, she later switched to exploring contemporary and more improvisational styles after learning about Butoh – a form of Japanese dance theater. Currently, she is working on developing a movement style of her own.
For Our Stories, Kanchana performed in her inimitable style, aiming to convey the fluctuating fortunes and relentless misery pertaining to the story of a women trying to fulfil multiple roles [as a daughter, sister, spouse, caregiver and savior] while the world slowly crumbles around her. Despite the love and care she received through all these roles she played in her life, the protagonist is unable to escape her loneliness, which becomes more acute as time passes. Now living in a care facility for the elderly, loneliness and time are her constant companions.