Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn brewed, YaliniDream conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance– reshaping reality and seeking peace through justice in the lands of earth, psyche, soul, and dream. YaliniDream’s work has been performed internationally in Europe, Asia, and Africa and esteemed venues in the US such as NYC’s Lincoln Center, New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), Chicago’s Vittum Theater, and numerous universities including Stanford, Harvard, and University of Manchester. YaliniDream was artistic director of APIA feminist performance group Mango Tribe, a recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Travel & Study Fellowship in Literature and an Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan’s Center for World Performance Studies in Spring 2013. As part of DreamWolf, YaliniDream collaborates with her partner, in love and art, Hip Hop MC and Photographer, Jendog Lonewolf. In July 2014 DreamWolf performed at the opening ceremonies of the War Resisters International conference in Cape Town and facilitated workshops in Khayelitsha and Manenberg South Africa.
YaliniDream has fifteen years experience using artistic tools for healing, organizing, and empowerment with communities recovering from trauma. She has eight years of experience facilitating workshops with war-affected communities in Sri Lanka and refugee camps in India. She facilitated a theatrical storytelling project with Andolan, an organizing center run by and for South Asian domestic workers in Queens, NY. She was a long term volunteer integrating arts and organizing with the Audre Lorde Project’s SOS (Safe Outside the System) Collective working to address homophobic and transphobic violence against people of color in Central Brooklyn.