Chamchen, Peling Champa Meeting [Close shot]Additional title: Black Hat Dance (aka The Great Dance ) (Tamzhing version)Additional title: Zhanag Cham
NamesCore of Culture (Organization) (Producer)Core of Culture (Organization) (Donor)
Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2007
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1013B
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Trongsa (District)Trongsa (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 1013A.Biographical/historical: This was the first time that a general meeting of the various groups belonging to a single tradition had ever been held in Bhutan. Held at the request of Core of Culture Dance Preservation, the Meeting took place at Yungdrung Choeling Dzong - the seat of the mummified remains of Pema Lingpa himself - and hence a very auspicious venue.Biographical/historical: Programme for the Peling Champa Meeting: Yungdrung Choeling Dzong, Second Day (May 17, 2007): Phag-cham by a lay dancer Yungdrung Choeling ; Peling Ju-ging by monk dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang ; Peling Nga Cham by laymen dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang ; Cham-chen (One of the most sacred dances of the Peling tradition). Demonstrated by the Umzey Tsultrim Lhoday from Tamzhing Monastery, Bumthang ; Zhungdra (folk dance) by ladies from Yungdrung Choeling, Trongsa ; Lunch Break ; Durdag by monk dancers from Yungdrung Choeling, Trongsa ; Peling Dri-ging by monk dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang ; Peling Nga Ging by monk dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang.Performers: Performed by the Umzey, a monk from Tamzhing Lakhang.Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Yungdrung Choeling Dzong, in Trongsa, Bhutan (lower balcony looking along the diagonal dexter), on May 17, 2007.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (35 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionThis is a dance enacting the subjugation of Langdarma by Llhalung Pel-Ki Dorji and was said to be unique to the Monastery of Nyimalung. In fact Tamzhing Monastery in Bumthang also has a version of Chamchen - of which we filmed demonstration steps. Lam Seten (the head monk at Tamzhing and originally from Tibet) said that this dance had been taken to Nyimalung from Tibet, by his great Uncle. This was a special demonstration performance of Cham Chen in front of the other Peling Champa groups by Lopoen Tsultrim Lhoday of Tamzhing, one of the only monks to know the steps for this dance in the country.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19945051Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a8819900-0821-0131-3d89-3c075448cc4b
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