Buddhism has been called the Wandering Lotus because as it traveled from country to country, it adapted itself to the host culture. That is why there are such differences in the music and iconography of Japanese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism and in this case, Korean Buddhism.
This is an excerpt from one of three presentations from Korea on WOMEX 2010's opening night, Be-Being being the last to perform. It is from their "Buddhist Project." The ensemble was certainly adventurous, veering into a New Music sensibility, while retaining the trance-inducing quality of chant.
Visually I found the movements of the two dancers to be appropriately hypnotic, and so fluid that they seemed to be in slow motion. That inspired me to play around with some of the toys in iMovie, and I think they add something to the experience that is consistent with the metaphysical nature of the piece. I hope you enjoy it.
For more information about Be-Being and the Buddhist Project, go to:
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