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Tsering Wangmo, Artistic Director (415) 341-2600
Phuntsok Chuteng, Event Coordinator (510) 708-1896
Ed Ellsworth, Technical Director (415) 497-7994
Email: chaksampa@yahoo.com

First ever all day Tibetan Opera performance takes place in the Bay Area inviting great Opera Masters from USA and India. Total of 21 artists will perform opera story of “Choegyal Norsang”.

Date: October 22nd, 2011
Venue: Craneway Pavilion Richmond, California.
Time: 11:am to 5:pm

On October 22, 2011 Chaksampa, the Tibetan Dance and Opera Company with the support of many organizations, will present the first time ever, a full length of Tibetan Opera in the US. The performance will resonate with the songs and dances of ancient Tibet as well. All the great masters of Tibetan Opera tradition will come together to celebrate this historic event.

"For 22 years it has been Chaksam-pa’s mission to teach, preserve and promote our culture which is disappearing in our own country and that we are now able to present this great production of Tibetan opera to the west is very special and master artists from around the globe to celebrate this year’s most important cultural event, is evidence that the spirit of Tibet lives on in our rich musical and story-telling traditions."

The celebrations will feature the traditional Tibetan opera, folk songs and dances that once brought entertainment, social satire, folklore and the teachings of Buddha to the far-flung regions of independent Tibet. These largely undocumented art forms, handed down from master to student for centuries, were the fabric of knowledge about Tibetan identity and the common cultural heritage of the people. Today, these performing arts are kept alive by a small number of Tibetans in exile around the world.

Chaksam-pa, the Tibetan Dance and Opera Company was founded in San Francisco in 1989 to preserve, promote and educate the younger generations about their heritage. The members of Chaksam-pa and other former students of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), India, the present Artistic Director, and Opera Master of TIPA will participate in this historic event.

This event is open to the public and is supported by The Alliance for California Traditional Arts and other organization and individuals in the Bay Area.

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