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Tibet Week, Sukyi Nima
Additional title: Sukyi Nima (Opera)
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Yangzom, Tashi (Performer)
Calkowski, Marcia, 1949- (Narrator)
Boothe, Paul (Director)
Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company (Presenter)
Cross-Cultural Dance Resources (Associated name)
Bold Eagle, inc (Videographer)
New York Public Library. Dance Collection (Associated name)
Tibet Week in Flagstaff (1995 :Flagstaff, Ariz.) (Event place)

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1995-06-25
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2360
Opera -- China -- Tibet
Dance -- China -- Tibet
Music -- China -- Tibet
Mythology, Tibetan
Songs, Tibetan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: [presented by] Chaksam-pa, the Tibetan Dance and Opera Company ; artistic direction, Tashi Dhondup.
Creation/production credits: Recording made possible by the cooperation of the participants in Tibet Week in Flagstaff, Arizona, Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Additional physical form: For programs and printed materials, including a plot synopsis and discussion of this opera, see *MGS (Tibetan) 96-11997 Tibet Week in Flagstaff.
Performers: Tashi Dhondup (elder, hunter, boatman, narrator, minister, oracle, monk), Sonam Tashi (elder, clown, executioner, minister, monk), Sonam Tsering (drummer, secretary), Sonam Pelmo (Sukyi Nima, goddess), Tsering Topgyal (hunter-dancer, Yama, minister, Tibetan Muslim), Tashi Yangzom (goddess, mother deer), Tenzin Gonpo (hunter-dancer, king, boatman, monk, executioner, minister, drummer), Nyima Gyalpo (hunter-dancer, old man, prince, monk), Tsering Dolma (goddess, old woman), Karma Gyaltsen (hunter-dancer, hermit, narrator, Tibetan Muslim, monk, Lama Mani), and Pema Dolma (goddess, queen, wife of hunter).
Performers: English-language narrator: Marcia Calkowski.
Venue: Videotaped at Coconino County Fairgrounds, Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 25, 1995, during Tibet Week, by Bold Eagle, Inc.; director, Paul Boothe.
Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Language: Titles and narration in English ; opera lyrics and dialogue in Tibetan.
Physical Description
Extent: 7 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (382 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
First full-length performance of a Tibetan folk opera, or lha-mo, in the U.S. The opera, which combines instrumental and vocal music, dance, dialogue, and improvisational comedy, tells the story of the changing fortunes of the beautiful Sukyi Nima. The opera's duration is ca. 317 min. (cassettes 1 through 6). Cassette 7 (ca. 52 min.) contains acknowledgment speeches, a closing ceremony, and a circle dance with audience participation.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12558724
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b938b0b0-8960-0138-900d-0071ae83e0a9
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1995: Created
  • 2020: Digitized
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  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tibet Week" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1995.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tibet Week" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 29, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1995). Tibet Week Retrieved from

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Tibet Week