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Tibet Week, The Tibetan folk opera, a cultural context
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Kealiinohomoku, Joann W. (Commentator)
Calkowski, Marcia, 1949- (Speaker)
Boothe, Paul (Director)
Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company (Associated name)
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.) (Associated name)

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1995-06-20
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2354
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5035 (former)
Sukyi Nima (Opera)
Opera -- China -- Tibet
Music -- China -- Tibet
Dance -- China -- Tibet
Costume -- China -- Tibet
Mythology, Tibetan
Content: 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.
Content: For programs and printed materials, see *MGS (Tibetan) 96-11997 Tibet Week in Flagstaff.
Performers: Introductions: Joann W. Kealiinohomoku and Tim Bryson. Speaker: Marcia Calkowski.
Venue: Videotaped at Cline Library Auditorium, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 20, 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.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (54 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Lecture on Tibetan opera or lha-mo, covering its origins in legend; the rituals surrounding the performances, which are often linked to exorcism; its elements of singing, drumming, and dancing; its subject matter; the seven basic dance styles used in opera; the role of the audience; and some important opera troupes. A survey of the current state of opera in Tibet under the Chinese regime and among the exiled Tibetan communities includes background information on Chaksam-pa, the Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, the featured performers at Tibet Week. The lecture concludes with a detailed analysis of the opera Sukyi Nima, presented during Tibet Week, including a plot synopsis and discussions of its origins in the Sanskrit play Sakuntala, its Buddhist themes, and the symbolism of its costumes, masks, and scenic elements.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12561669
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 982476c0-9181-0135-1394-7f1f9754e64b
Rights Statement
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  • 1995: Created
  • 2017: Digitized
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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 May 18, 2021.

APA Format

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

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Tibet Week