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Arts: 'The Legend of the Necklace' returns at Concordia University

May 13, 2009

May 10, 2009

'Dung-dkar'- The Tibetan Artist Collective of
Montreal, is going from strength to strength.
Since our first presentation, we've come a long
way. On May 2, many gathered at restaurant OM to
see our first dance-drama, 'The Legend of the
Necklace', Three stories from the three regions
of Tibet woven intricately and tenderly. A tale
of courage, faith and love. The premier
performance was organised by Access Asié festival
to celebrate the Asian Heritage month.

We are very happy to be invited by the Centre for
Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia
University) and the Montreal Life Stories project
to perform the dance-drama once again as part of
their day-long event of 'International Day for
Sharing Life Stories'. Please see the attached
poster for details or visit

Our special guest, Marijo Demers, will speak on
her experiences in Tibet (Eng/Fre) and a short
film titled, 'A Journey into the Spirit of a Lost
Nation' will be shown. The film showcases the
Tibetan community in Montreal. A conversation
between the performers/presenters and audience follows afterwards.

Gallery updated

We have also updated our website and now you can
view the photos from our past events, ' A Hearth
Beneath the sky' and ' The Legend of the Necklace '
Not only that we have even put up a 2 minute
montage of the dance drama. Just click on the
link below or copy and paste it, on your web browser.

Blog initiated

It took us a while to get going, but we are well
on our way. Read what Deepali has to say about
the three events she attended (she performed in
one) during the Festival Acess Asie that celebrates the Asian Heritage month.

Do get in touch with us, if you have a comment,
query or just want to say hello.

Dung-dkar and the Centre for Oral Historyand
Digital Storytelling presents "The Legend of the Necklace

Saturday, May 16, 2009 12.30 - 1.30 pm
History Department Seminar Room, LB-1014 10th Floor,
Concordia Library Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blv. Ouest

An Indo-Tibetan dance performance written,
choreographed and performed by Deepali in three
parts, featuring Gyamtso and introducing Kunphel.

A story of a necklace that laces together the
fates of a warrior princess, a nomad shepherd, a
young bride and a runaway boy. Traversing across
Amdo, Kham and Lhasa this story brings forth the
beauty of the magical land that is Tibet.

Dung-Dkar- The Tibetan Artist Collective of
Montreal (TACM) is an initiative by Artists, both
Tibetan Canadians and otherwise to preserve and
promote the Tibetan Performing Arts as well as
collaborate with other art forms to preserve and
promote Tibetan arts and culture. It is a
non-political, non-religious organization.

'Dung-dkar' literally means 'The White Conch' in
Tibetan and is one of their eight religious
symbols. Of many things that it has come to
represent over the years, 'Dung-dkar' for us
means a mighty invocation that heralds the
awakening from the slumber of ignorance and
indifference. The conch, being a symbol for great
power and the white signifying peace, we using
the medium of art to proclaim the essence of
Tibetan way of life, 'The compassion' for all sentinel beings.

Can art become a medium to heal the past and be
hope for the future? Yes, we believe in that and
strive on to put 'Compassion' into Action through Art.

Our Objective

* To preserve and promote the performing Tibetan
folk art traditions and heritage, very unique of
the different regions, represented by its people
in the community of Montreal. To explore and
understand their historical relevance and its evolution outside Tibet.

* To give the Tibetan Canadians artists, its due
place in the cultural mosaic of this nation of
immigrants. In the true spirit of Canada, this
project traces that heritage up to its modern day
existence, as it influences and interacts with
other cultures. The project raises the issues of
identification, acknowledgment, development and
support of its performing arts in contemporary context of Canadian art scene.

* To re-impress upon the western audience that
there is a very strong folklore tradition from
different regions that has existed for generations.

* By involving the Ex TIPAs (Tibetan Institute of
Performing Arts)  in the community, the
collective strives to be the springboard to
acknowledge and give due recognition they
deserve, at the same time create opportunities
for them to advance in their vocation as well as
train artists in professional settings.

* To establish lifelong friendships and
facilitate cross-culture collaboration with other
communities in Montreal and create bridges among
them for mutual understanding and cooperation.

Founding Members:
Tenzing Musu Dolma
Deepali Lindblom
Don Loga

Associate Members:
Thubten Samdup
Gyamtso Sotse
Duker Tsering
Johan Lindblom

For more information on 'Dung-dkar' please visit:
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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