Tibet Week, A discussion with Tashi Dhondup, artistic director of Chaksam-pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company
NamesNew York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)Kealiinohomoku, Joann W. (Moderator)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)Bkra-śis-don-grub (Interviewee)
Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1995-07-31
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2362Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5043 (former)
TopicsSukyi Nima (Opera)Opera -- China -- Tibet
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: Moderator: Joann Kealiinohomoku.Performers: Respondent: Tashi Dhondup.Venue: Videotaped at the Cross-Cultural Dance Resources facilities in Flagstaff, Arizona, on July 31, 1995, in connection with Tibet Week in Flagstaff (held June 18-25, 1995), 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) (56 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
DescriptionSpeaking from the perspective of a month, Tashi Dhondup, artistic director of Chaksam-pa, the Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, looks back upon his company's full-length performance of the Tibetan folk opera Sukyi Nima during Tibet Week in Flagstaff. He notes its importance as a means of keeping Tibetan culture alive for exiled Tibetans, and establishing cultural connections with non-Tibetans. He points out some improvements that could have been made in the production (e.g., a larger cast, with more women), and discusses how roles are generally assigned in Tibetan opera, where competition and the star system are rare. Other topics include the sense of the sacred in Tibetan performances, evinced by the respectful treatment of masks, and the flexibility and improvisation allowed by the opera's script.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY96-F388NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12558728Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 620c4b90-90c5-0135-b093-2f57b4908c5a
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