Tibet Week, The Tibetan folk opera, a cultural context
NamesNew 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 / OriginDate Created: 1995-06-20
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2354Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5035 (former)
TopicsSukyi Nima (Opera)Opera -- China -- TibetMusic -- China -- TibetDance -- China -- TibetCostume -- China -- TibetMythology, Tibetan
NotesContent: 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 DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (54 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
DescriptionLecture 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 ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY96-F380NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12561669Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 982476c0-9181-0135-1394-7f1f9754e64b
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