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KIPO! A Circus of Spirit, Song and Dance from Tibet, the Land of Snow

KIPO! A Circus of Spirit, Song and Dance from Tibet, the Land of Snow

As part of His Holiness the Dalai Lamaís visit, TigerLion Arts proudly presents the World Premiere of KIPO! a new production created in collaboration with a 20-person ensemble from the world-renowned Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). Opening performances of KIPO! will take place during the weekend of His Holinessí visit, May 6th through May 9th, 2011, and will continue for two weeks in May. During their stay TIPA will also host post-show dialogues, and workshops for the community to deepen our connection to Tibetís ancient, high-spirited style of music and dance.

Starring local TIPA performer, Tenzin Ngawang, KIPO!, which means happy, celebrates the essential joyous spirit of Tibet and through song, dance and story manifests the spiritual and creative culture of the Land of Snow.

This production is a unique collaboration of Western theatrical styles of creation and production with the ancient traditions of Tibetan performing arts. Together, they communicate universal values of simplicity, honesty, compassion grounded in wisdom, belief in basic human goodness and respect for Nature. In telling the moving story of a boy and his journey, KIPO! is a spirited play of music, singing, dance and humor.

The initial production of KIPO! won "best of venue" at the Ritz Theatre during the 2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Co-created by Markell Kiefer of TigerLion Arts and Tenzin Ngawang, along with 19 of his students from the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM), KIPO! was a beautiful, educational and deeply inspiring show for all ages and received rave reviews from itís audiences.

This year TigerLion Arts is collaborating with TIPA to create and premiere this new, exciting production of KIPO! Founded by His Holiness in Dharamsala, India, TIPA is entrusted with the honored duty of preserving and promoting Tibetís unique tradition of performing arts. This collaboration has been in the works for four years, a dream of Kieferís and Ngawangís since the first KIPO! run ended.

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