"AVALOKITESVARA - THE BIRTH OF COMPASSION"
Mixed Media Dance-Theatre inspired by Avalokitesvara, the compassionate Bodhisattva told in Tibetan ritual
dance and Indian classical dance. Performed in front of backdrops from Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, Spiti and Bhutan
Dance of Mahakala
The negative forces and delusions of the material world are frequently personified
as demonic creatures. To defeat them, Avalokitesvara appears as the wrathful Mahakala, the embodiment
of the virtues of enlightenment, strength and courage.
Dance of the Seeker
Nourishment of the spirit in the earthly realm requires appreciating the world's blessings: those of nature: flowers, trees,
animals, and the sky above. The wonder of creating new life and the joy of experiencing the world again through the eyes of a
child is followed by the inevitability of old age, suffering and death - the unavoidable reality of samsara.
Dance of the three animals
The centre of the Tibetan wheel of life portrays three creatures symbolising (symbolic of) destructive mental states that must be
overcome. Blind delusion, ignorance and confusion is represented by the pig, anger and hatred by the snake , and pride, desire
and lust by the rooster. These are the prime causes of suffering keeping us in the cycle of samsara.
Dance of Tara
In his compassion for those trapped in the wheel of samsara,
Avalokitesvara weeps. From his tears is born Tara, the Goddess of kindness and compassion, who assists
Avalokitesvara in his task of leading humanity towards enlightenment. In times of adversity, the
Tara mantra "Om tare tuttare ture soha" brings relief and happiness.