July 8, 2014 - Performance of the Biography of King Gesar the Great Lion: ‘The Awe Inspired Laughter of the Dance of Ling, A Symphony of Ecstasy’
Tibetan secular history was preserved and passed on from generation to generation through ritualized dances which were told through song, dance and music. The Artistic Director of the Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, Tsering Wangmo, and Nirabhra Taylor, Dance Manager of the Vajrayana Foundation have collaborated to stage and record a most famous and historical work from the Biography of King Gesar the Great Lion: ‘The Awe Inspired Laughter of the Dance of Ling, A Symphony of Ecstasy’ revealed by Mipham Rinpoche as a pure vision terma. It was revised and expanded by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje. This is an epic poetic song about the 11th century Tibetan King “Gesar of Ling” and his heroic battles against demons.
This text has been translated into English for the performance. Tibetan and Nepali tailors have been commissioned to make the authentic costumes, headgear and shoes. Tsering Wangmo is teaching the dances to local young men and woman – both Tibetan and Western. Artists perform this epic legend in the traditional manner, at Pema Osel Ling, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual center of the Vajrayana Foundation, in the Santa Cruz Mountains on July 7th, 2014. Members of the Vajrayana Foundation who have been trained and skilled in playing the Tibetan musical instruments accompany the performers.
This project was funded with a Traditional Art Grant by Creative Work Fund.
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