dancEnlight, Sacred Existence
dancEnlight, a professional not-for-profit modern dance company, is proud to present the world premiere of "Sacred Existence" in the Hartford, CT area. Two performances will be held in the Carol Autorino Center at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, on Friday March 15th and Saturday March 16th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket information: General Admission; $25 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students. Tickets are available through the University of Saint Joseph box office online at usj.universitytickets.com or by phone 860-231-5555 and at the Connecticut Concert Ballet studios, 280 Garden Grove Road, Manchester. For any questions about tickets or the show, call 860-558-6146.
This work is inspired by the stunning documentary film "Unmistaken Child" by Israeli filmmaker Nati Baratz who acted as writer, director and producer of the project. It tells the story of the real life experience of a Buddhist monk named Tenzin in his quest to find the reincarnation of his Master, the world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist Lama Konchog, in the body of a young child.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won more than 20 awards both in the U.S. and internationally, including Korea, England, Poland and Israel; awards included Best Soundtrack at the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum, 2009. It was also listed as one of the "Best of 2009" movies and films by Kenneth Turan of the LA times.
Lorelei Chang, the Artistic Director of dancEnlight who is originally from Beijing, China, takes us on a soulful journey with all its challenges. While creating "Sacred Existence", Lorelei was motivated by the devotion of the monk to his master and the concept of caring for others. This production has fourteen chapters of dance that captures the "Sacred Existence" of over 700 years of Buddhist teaching. Using the moving original music from the film, composed by Cyril Morin, and some original tracks,the dancers will translate the film's scenes physically, and add an interpretive ending.
Special guests Jonah Rodriguez and Brielle Polidoro from Connecticut Concert Ballet will share the role of the young child. There will be Question and Answer sessions after each performance. On Saturday evening, a reception will be held in the Auditorium lobby; tea sampling will be supplied by the Green Teahouse of Blue Back Square.