“Celebration of the Great Shoton Festival of Tibet in the Bay Area” reimagines a traditional Tibetan opera.
Chaksam-pa is commissioning Tibetan American musician, dancer, and Tibetan opera singer Tsering Wangmo to develop and present the first-ever American presentation of a two-day Tibetan Opera in the Ache Lhamo tradition. She will work closely with a team of Tibetan opera artists who will perform traditional Tibetan opera as reimagined and reinterpreted by her and the collaborators. An overriding goal of the project is to preserve traditional Tibetan cultural expressions in the face of political repression of the Tibetan people in their homeland, and the looming threat of cultural erasure. The title of the project is “Celebration of the Great Shoton Festival of Tibet in the Bay Area,” and it will premiere in 2022.