The Opera house and dance school is the foremost classical ballet school in Italy headed by the renowned classical ballet director Madam Paola Jorio. Madam Jorio directed one of the top Italian ballets 'Pinocchio'. At this school, Ballet dancers and Ballerinas begin at the young age of 9 years to become professional ballet dancers. It is with this group of advanced, accomplished professional ballet dancers including some of Europe's finest ballerinas, that the Sri Lankan dance workshop was conducted.
This is the first time ever that such a project has been launched by Sri Lanka thus making history and building institutional linkages never before ventured in Rome.
Channa, conducting the workshop, began by introducing the basic principles of Sri Lankan dance and gradually moved to the more complex forms and movement. The manner in which the ballet dancers absorbed comprehensively the techniques amazed those who witnessed this workshop, commenting not only on the capacity of the students to absorb so quickly this entirely different form of dance so well but also Kalashuri Channa Wijewardena's ability to gradually build among the ballet dancers, the techniques associated with the complex movement of Sri Lankan dance. Students were seen mastering the complex movement of Sri Lankan dance including spinning in the sabaragamuva and kandyan dance.
The workshop is a joint project launched by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome with the Teatro Dell' Opera, Rome.