Venuri Perera is a Colombo based choreographer, performance artist and educator. Her work inhabits a space between dance, live art and theatre and has dealt with issues of violent nationalism, patriarchy, borders, class and neo-colonialism.
Primarily trained in classical Kandyan dance, Venuri was a member of the Chitrasena Dance Company for 13 years. In 2008, she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Dance from LABAN Centre, London where she received the Michelle Simone Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Choreography'.
Since 2009, her solo works have been invited to festivals such as Art Basel, Zurich Theatre Spektakel, Singapore International Festival of Arts, TPAM Japan, International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Tanztage Berlin, Dhaka Art Summit, Colomboscope, Colombo Art Biennale. She has worked collaboratively with choreographers, theatre directors, sound and visual artists in Europe, South and East Asia since 2004. She is currently working with Natsuko Tezuka on the Floating Bottle Project, co-produced by Saison Foundation and Kyoto Experiment, Japan.