Returning to The Grand Oshkosh on March 23, the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will be performing their “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance.” It is an exciting, family-friendly show with music, chanting dance and giant puppets that show many aspects of Tibetan culture. The performance is in collaboration with the week-long Mandala Sand Art project hosted by the Paine Art Center and Gardens.
Joe Ferlo, president of The Grand, and Aaron Sherer, director of The Paine, worked with one another once before in 2005. Ferlo says, “Aaron and I thought it was time for a return engagement. Any opportunity for organizations like The Paine and The Grand to work together to provide experiences in both visual and performing arts is a win for our community.”
The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences. This group of monk artists, for whom these traditions are a way of life, provide a rare opportunity to both witness and understand deeply one of the world’s most ancient sacred traditions.
“It’s really unique to bring in ten individuals who are going to spend a whole week [in the Fox Cities] and welcome them into the community while also exploring and appreciating what they have to share with us,” Sherer says.
The Paine will also have numerous events aside from the viewing of the Mandala Sand Art Project for people to engage in throughout the week including lectures, daily meditation, artmaking and viewing a photography exhibit by Phil Borges. There is a overall $10 admission charge per day for the activities.
The “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance” performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand. Tickets range from $25-36. A limited number of “Suite Seats,” which include comfortable seating, extra legroom, balcony view and beverage services are also available at $50-54.
For more information, visit The Grand website at: thegrandoshkosh.org/2018-2019-season/the-mystical-arts-of-tibet-sacred-music-sacred-dance.html and The Paine website at: thepaine.org/events/mystical-arts-tibet/. -SW