November 23, 2009

The treasure dances of Pema Lingpa

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The Treasure Dances of Pema Lingpa, a national tour showcasing the finest of sacred mask dance (chham) and traditional folk dance (zhabdro) from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, promises to be a rare and extraordinarily rich cultural experience for audiences of all ages.

Bhutan, locally known as Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is the last remaining refuge of Vajrayana Buddhism. This small Himalayan country stands apart not only for the splendor of its pristine environment, but also for the values of the people who have chosen as their national aim "gross national happiness". An important expression of this aim is found in the performing arts. Whether welcoming in the New Year, planting rice, building a house, attending a local archery match, or expressing their Buddhist faith through religious ceremony, the Bhutanese people use traditional songs and dances to celebrate every aspect of life.

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