Her background in Artificial Intelligence has always interested her in technology and electronic sounds, visuals and music. She runs workshops in the U.K and Europe and is always looking to share her passion of dance to others. Her work has been seen at Riverside Arts Theatre, Waterside Arts Theatre, Contact Theatre, Night and Day, Nantwich Arts Festival, Unity Theatre, One World Festival to name a few.
She has also set up Forest Tribe Theatre, a producer and theatre maker promoting diversity and positive social change for children and families. Please visit her company site, www.forest-tribe.com
Debbie Bandara started her dance career at the Royal Academy of Dance. She went onto further training and learnt different dance styles making her a versatile dancer and physical performer. She is also a qualified teacher and Forest School teacher (Forest Tribe ) and has worked alongside schools to embed dance into the curriculum (DAB Rhythm). She has a wealth of knowledge on teaching dance to all ages and abilities. She has worked alongside The Place, Rambert Dance Company, Masters of Movement, Pineapple Dance Studio, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Madrid in Spain, Grånsfors and Hudiksvall in Sweden.
Her repertoire is a collection of carefully mastered dance genres from Indian, hip-hop, contemporary, African, Dancehall to physical theatrical dance.
Her choreography is unique and emotive which engage not only the dancers but audiences alike. She reaches out to audiences that may not necessarily experience dance in a theatrical setting.
She has a repertoire of devising and creating pieces for audiences with PMLD, Autism, Neurodiverse and Deaf blind. She has expertise in working with the specific needs of the children and has acquired thought her teaching practice in special schools as well as through her theatre practice. This has led to her working with Folkteatern in Gävle, Sweden. She was also the Associate Director of The Oily Cart and has been leading recent Oily Cart Summer School in partnership with Rose Bruford College (Jeremy Harrison) with the founders of the company, Tim Webb MBE, Amanda Webb, Max Reinhardt.
She also mentors and provides consultation for emerging directors and choreographers to develop work for young audiences and audeinces with ASC and PMLD.
Forest Tribe Theatre is an immersive dance theatre company making original shows for children and families. Our performances encourage participation and interaction to engage young minds and create an all-encompassing world.
Using broad influences, cultural themes can be brought to new audiences and in turn new and diverse audiences are brought to theatre.
Debbie is the Artistic Director of Forest Tribe Theatre. She has worked with The Oily Cart, choreographing their shows which has toured across the U.K and U.S.
Please visit her dedicated site to her dance theatre company: www.forest-tribe.com.
"Skilfully directed and choreographed by Debbie Bandara, she does a fine job of engaging with the young audience—the gestures are expansive and clear, the expressions and moods always writ large and easy to read. The children’s attention is held throughout by the performances; they are engrossed by the visuals and delighted by the interactive elements." - British Theatre Guide.
Debbie has directed her recent shows including Alluriat and Prince of Fire.
The programme supports and nutures new leaders that represent the diverse society to play a part in leading arts organisations in the UK.
She has worked at Folkteatern, Gävle Sweden assisting directing a show for audiences with PMLD. The show formed part of a wonderful project SCEN:SE.
Debbie wrote a blog to describe her repertoire of devising and collaborating work through her own movement vocabulary.
What happens when you find the missing piece to solve an ongoing curiosity? Do you take it? Reject it because it is too much to handle? Or do something extraordinary... An emotive performance where Debbie takes you on a magical journey.
Debbie dedicates her time to learning and training with the best choreographers. Such dance camps like HDI provide Debbie with training and opportunities to share her innate passion for dance.