The Way of Dance
|Javanese crown, detail. The dress and ornaments are those of a heavenly being.|
|'Bhavagad Gita' in Javanese male alus style, Bhaktivedanta Manor, London. 'Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.'|
|Chinese Classical Dance, based on the art, figurines, and literature from the Han and T'ang Dynasties, in the tradition of the 'Pear Garden Troupe'|
|From a poem by Tu Mu: 'Silvery autumn candlelight chills the painted screen. A little fan of light silk flaps the streaming fireflies. Cool as water, the night sheen of the steps into the sky; She watches the Weaver Girl meet the Herdboy Star.'|
|Classical Korean Court Dance, 'The Nightingale'|
|Kannons, inspired by art from the Japanese Buddhist figures of the Heian Period. This deity, known as Kwan-Yin in China, represents the virtue of compassion.|
|Asana and mudra, depicting Tibetan Buddhist deities and sages found in sculptures and sacred tankas|
The Peaceful and Wrathful Dakinis of Tibetan religious art
|The winged goddesses Isis and Ma'at of ancient Egypt|
|Back to the unreal world|
"Now to the measure of the drums we have finished our rites;
From dancer to dancer the flower spray has been handed.
In spring the orchid, in autumn the chrysanthemum;
So shall it be forever, without break."
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