Venuri is a performer and performance maker from Sri Lanka. Trained in Kandyan Dance under Vajira and Upeka Chitrasena, she was a member of the Chitrasena Dance Company from 1994 to 2007. In 2008, she completed her Post-graduate Certificate in Dance from Laban, London, where she was awarded the Michelle Simone prize for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for her solo, Abhinishkramanaya.

Her most recent solo Thalattu (Lullaby) addresses the sense of despair and loss of dignity of women affected by war and displacement. It has been performed at the Colombo Dance Platform 2012; Attakkalari Biennale, Bangalore 2013; The Flying Circus Project, Myanmar/Singapore 2013; and Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Switzerland 2013.

For the biennale Venuri works in collaboration with Priyanthi Anusha, using as a starting point her semi-nude self-portrait and a series of X-rays of her body that she works over. The work considers a history of the gendered body – silenced, objectified, repositioned.

Priyanthi is a double degree holder with a BFA as well as a BA from two major universities in Sri Lanka. She is a Member of the Women Artists Colloquium at Theertha and works as a teacher at Ashoka College, Colombo.