Dancing Monks from Tibet
de Jean-Pierre Devorsine, Franck Cuvelier
Director: Jean-Pierre Devorsine
Script: Franck Cuvelier
Cinematographer: J.C. Chéneau, Ariane Damain
Editor: T. Massé
Sound: C. Bourges
Cast: Matthieu Ricard, Jill Heald, Droupchen
Atlantic Télévision, Via Découvertes, TV 10
11 et 12 Bd F. Blancho
44 200 Nantes
Tel: 0033 220.127.116.11.78
Fax: 0033 18.104.22.168.77
Betacam SP, Colour, 55 min
OV with French Subtitles.
Matthieu Ricard is not only His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s translator, but also a writer and photographer. He called monks from the Shechen monastery to participate to Ariane Mnouchkine’s Theatre du Soleil and introduce the holy dances of Tibet during a fortnight in February 2001.
This film recounts the incredible and moving story of the encounter between theatre and sacred art, between actors and dancing monks. Ariane Mnouchkine’s comments and Matthieu Ricard’s explanations shed a unique light on the significance of these monastic dances. Thus, from monastery to theatre, we appreciate this immense philosophical and artistic richness the Tibetan people are peacefully fighting for and endeavouring to keep alive.