The tree and the divine cuckoo bird, these two,
Are interdependent, inseparably linked.
For the cuckoo there would be no place to perch
If there was no green tree,
If there was no green tree.
Young Tibetans, grown up in the Tibetan Region and in China and those who have special feelings towards the Tibetans have been able to spread to a large audience many different forms of Tibetan songs and dances.These songs and dances, which are strongly related to the ancient and modern culture of Tibet, are very valuable since they have the important quality of contributing directly and indirectly to the preservation of the different aspects of Tibetan culture in our world.
Most of the male and female Tibetan singers communicate through melody happiness and sorrow, concentrating on distinct important points of their culture:
- a great love for the country, its people and culture
- the importance of preserving the major and minor fields of knowledge
- the preservation of the environment in which Tibetans live
- the preservation of the knowledge of ancient and contemporary history
The Shang Shung Institute offers a number of courses in Tibetan Modern Dances: the courses are structured to fit the requirements of beginners, intermediate and well trained students. Anyone can partecipate and enjoy a joyful experience learning the songs (glu), the songs made for dances (gzhas) and the dances (bro).
Modern Dances Workshops
Modern dances workshops are a good opportunity to establish a true contact with Tibetan culture and its value: the symbolic richness conveyed by each movement, the emphasis on space awareness and group choreography, the play of female and male counterparts and the highly joyful sentiments fulfilled with grace and power make learning the dances an experience of growth and comprehension and a great way to foster collaboration and harmony amongst people. The courses are also recommended for their ability to stimulate energy and fitness.
Workshops are articulated in 3 levels, for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. The level of complexity increases with the richness of coreography and the level of space and group awareness required. The workshops take place everywhere in Europe. For the current schedule of courses or to book a course see below.
Dances for Beginners
2 week-ends or 5 days
Dances for Intermediate Students
2 week-ends or 5 days
Dances for Advanced Students
3 week-ends or 6 days
|A la la mo se||Gyidbo legmo||Arog Khampa|
|Nagchu kordro||Tendrel Sanpo||Ema Lha Gyalo|
|So y re lo Circle Dance Kham||Nagchu kordro||Bumo Yar La Lo|
|Mondun dance||Ashang Lo Lo||Chorten Karpo|
|Ajes la Trom||Ne Chenpo||Lhanzom|
|Dzespai Milam||Kompo - Kongshey||Yarkul semkyi drilchung|
|Pu yana Kham Shey||Kharba Tong|
*single week-ends may also be booked
Tsering Dolker – Tibetan Modern and Traditional Performing Arts Instructor
Tsering learnt singing her first Tibetan songs from her grandmother, who was a very famous singer in Tibet. Married with Top Gyal, they went to India for further training with Mr. Dawa Tashi in the Tibetan Arts of singing and dancing, in 2010. Since then, she and her husband, under the direction of Venerable Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, have choreographed many Tibetan contemporary dances, and travelled extensively to teach and perform Tibetan traditional and modern contemporary songs and dances. She is working at the Shang Shung Institute as an instructor of Tibetan Folklore and Modern Contemporary songs and dances.
Top Gyal Lama – Tibetan Modern and Traditional Performing Arts Instructor
Top Gyal Lama received Tibetan education alongside western education from the Tibetan Children Village School at Dharamsala. After obtaining a bachelor degree in Commerce, he worked for three years in Higher secondary School in Kathmandu. In 2010, he and his wife, Tsering, went to India for a personal intensive training with Mr. Dawa Tashi on Tibetan Arts of singing and dancing.
Since then, he and his wife, under the direction of Venerable Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, have choreographed many Tibetan contemporary dances and performed with his wife in various countries, alongside teaching Tibetan Folklore and Modern Contemporary Songs and Dances for the Shang Shung Institute.
Given the nature of the dances only groups of at least 6 people can register for a Tibetan Modern Dance workshop.
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