Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle, community, unity, and connection. Mandalas appear throughout many different periods and cultures. In Eastern traditions, the mandala is a form of sacred art that depicts the totality of the self as well as the path to a more awakened state of being.
"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." …. William Blake
Within the smallest grain, a blossoming plant lies dormant. Potential. Impermanence. Timelessness. Interdependence. All existence as we see it is void (Shunya). These notions have served as starting points for KYL/D's exploration of a spectrum of contemporary issues including negotiating cultural identity in a transforming, pluralistic society; learning through Nature and the Universe; experiencing transcendence in the most ordinary moments of daily life; enriching ourselves through practices that elevate the spirit. In Mandala Project, the dancers enter into conversation with the sacred form of the mandala, examining and challenging it through body, time, space and energy with reverence and wonder for the effects on the mind and spirit, experiencing and sharing the potential of dance as facilitator and inspiration for communication across artistic, generational, cultural and religious boundaries.
"like Eckhart Tolle in the body"--------- Audience in the preview
"..a masterwork of art, spirituality, and stagecraft." --- Philadelphia Inquirer
Direction & Choreography: Kun-Yang Lin
Dancers: KYL/D Ensemble
Music: Jonathan Goldman, Tibetan Chanting, Kenneth Kirschner and Tim Russell