Tibetan Monks to Present Song and Dance Performance

Posted on 10/17/2011 9:15:36 PM

The Lively Arts at IUP, a program of the College of Fine Arts, will present the Mystical Arts of Tibet as part of the inaugural season of its Ovations! series. Titled “Sacred Music Sacred Dance,” the performance will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011, starting at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The monks of the Mystical Arts of Tibet return to Indiana for their third visit to the area and as part of their world tour. The tour is produced by actor Richard Gere and the Drepung Loseling monastery located in India and is supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

During the performance, monks will be performing traditional sacred temple music and dances in traditional vibrant silk brocade garb. Before each act, an announcer will give a general introduction and a brief explanation or the meaning and purpose of each selection. The pieces they perform are believed to conjure energies conducive to world healing.

Presented also as part of IUP’s Family Weekend celebrations, the performance is filled with enthralling music, colorful costumes, and captivating dances and singing. Instruments used include ten-foot-long trumpets, bells, gyaling horns, and cymbals. The multiphonic voices of the singers join together to create deep resonating chants and songs in which each person holds three notes simultaneously.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Song Sacred Dance

Along with their performances at universities and community venues across the globe, the monks of Drepung Loseling have shared the stage with Paul Simon, Michael Stipe, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, Edie Brickell, the Beastie Boys, Kitaro, and many others.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet has been featured in the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of the film Seven Years in Tibet, and performed with composer Phillip Glass at the premiere presentation of his Oscar-nominated score for Martin Scorsese's Kundun.

Tickets for the performance are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building and online at IUP Tickets. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door start at 7:15 p.m. prior to the concert. Tickets range from $12 to $23, and all seating is reserved.

Sand Mandala to Be Created Starting October 24

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala

As part of their week-long visit, which begins on Monday, October 24, the monks will also create a spiritual sand mandala in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building. They will begin with an opening ceremony at 12:30 on Monday and will continue to create the mandala, a grain of sand at a time, through Monday, October 31.

The group will also host a variety of informative sessions throughout the week for local students and community members. These sessions and viewing the mandala are free. A complete schedule is available on the website or by contacting the Lively Arts. A full schedule is available on the website.

For more information on the performance, activities included as part of the mandala creation, the Ovations! series, or other events by the IUP College of Fine Arts, please call Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.



Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Song Sacred Dance

October 29, 2011
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

Colorful and thought-provoking performance by Tibetan Monks, “Sacred Music Sacred Dance” includes a ten-day residency to create a spiritual sand Mandala.

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For more information, visit Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Song Sacred Dance, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.