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Tibet Week, Symbols and metaphors of Tibetan art
Kealiinohomoku, Joann W (Commentator)
Merchant, Vasant V (Speaker)
Calkowski, Marcia, 1949- (Speaker)
Boothe, Paul (Director)
Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company
Cross-Cultural Dance Resources
Bold Eagle, inc
New York Public Library. Dance Collection
Tibet Week in Flagstaff(1995 :Flagstaff, Ariz.)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1995
Table of Contents
Cassette 1 (ca. 45 min.). Lecture by Dr. Vasant Merchant, a professor of religion and the humanities, who discusses Tibetan symbols and metaphors in relation to religion and psychology. Topics include chants and mantras and their use in meditation; different mandalas and their significance; chakras, or psychophysical centers of the body; the symbolic meanings of various animals and objects, among them the dragon, horse, fish, bell, and lotus; and the paradoxical duality and unity of the universe.
Cassette 2 (ca. 53 min.). Lecture by anthropologist Marcia Calkowski, who discusses the space-time continuum in Tibetan art, including the significance of the axis mundi or cosmic tree, the multiple layers of the samsaric realms, the five colors and their correlation to the five cosmic elements of Ayurvedic thought, the importance of journeys in Tibetan opera, the significance of the khan-dro-ma or "celestial fairies," and the mandala as an organizing principle in Tibetan opera. The discussion frequently refers to the symbolism of props and scenic elements in the opera Sukyi Nima, presented during Tibet Week (for performance footage, see *MGZIC 9-5041 Sukyi Nima).
Lecture by Tashi Dhondup, artistic director of the Chaksam-pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company. In this discussion of objects and movements frequently used in Tibetan opera, topics include the symbolism of the arrow, color symbolism of various masks, and some typical gestures. Tashi Dhondup also describes the casual, enjoyment-oriented attitude of spectators at operas in Tibet, which usually last for several days.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2355
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5036 (former)
Opera -- China -- Tibet
Dance -- China -- Tibet
Mythology, Tibetan
two-dimensional moving image
Educational/cultural films and programs
Special event coverage and commentary
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.
For programs and printed materials, see *MGS (Tibetan) 96-11997 Tibet Week in Flagstaff.
Creation/production credits: Tibetan artifacts provided by Vasant Merchant, Kelly McCabe, and Tashi Dhondup.
Performers: Introductions: Joann W. Kealiinohomoku.
Performers: Speakers: Vasant Merchant, Marcia Calkowski, and Tashi Dhondup.
Venue: Videotaped at the Flagstaff City Council Chambers, Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 21, 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: 2 streaming video files (NTSC) (98 min.) :sd., col.
Three lectures on various aspects of Tibetan symbolism.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12561670
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 08a0a6e0-7b89-0135-7196-0c7afd1d765a
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  • 1995: Issued
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tibet Week" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1995.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tibet Week" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 17, 2019.

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Tibet Week