Events from Festival of Tibetan Arts and Rituals to Come to SUNY Plattsburgh
The Festival of Tibetan Arts and Rituals has returned to Plattsburgh, with some major events taking place at SUNY Plattsburgh.
The campus schedule includes a screening of the film “Tibet in Song” and a discussion with director and former Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Choephel.
In his film, Choephel set out to capture the beauty of traditional Tibetan folk. Rarely seen musical performances are juxtaposed against a startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion and an explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in 1959. Choephell, himself, was ultimately imprisoned for the songs at the center of the film.
Also included in the campus offerings will be a performance of traditional sacred dances and Cham dancing demonstrations. Cham is the Buddhist ceremony traditionally performed at the beginning of the year to expel or pacify evil. Wrathful deities and protectors are symbolized by masked and costumed dancers. The dancers follow the rhythms and sounds of a small ensemble consisting of wind and percussion instruments.
The following events will take place on campus and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Classroom demonstrations have limited seating.
- Tibet in Song.” Saturday, April 14. 1 p.m. Reception for filmmaker Choephel. 1:30-4 p.m. screening and discussion of film. Room 202, Yokum Lecture Hall.
- Tibetan Thangka Painting Demo. Tuesday, April 17. Noon-1 p.m. Meeting Room 8, Angell College Center. Limited seating available.
- Movement in Tibetan Cham Dances. Tuesday, April 17. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Studio Theatre, Room 129, Myers Fine Arts Building. Class demonstration.
- Movement in Tibetan Cham Dances. Wednesday, April 18. 3:30-4:45 p.m. Studio Theatre, Room 129, Myers Fine Arts Building. Class demonstration.
- Tibetan Healing Arts Discussion and Demonstration. Friday, April 20. 3-4 p.m. Mowry Conference Room, Redcay Hall. Students only.
- Sacred Dances of Tibet Performance. Saturday, April 21. 7 p.m. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. $5 students; $10 faculty and staff; $15 general public.
- Tibetan Healing Arts. Wednesday, April 25. 2-3:30 p.m. Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center. Discussion and demonstration.