Liberation, The Tibetan Book of the Dead,
a new multimedia opera based on the ancient Buddhist text, with original
music by Philip Glass and original libretto by Douglas Penick.
Conceived, designed and produced by Kenneth Green, executive director
of Golden Sun Foundation for World Culture, Liberation: The Tibetan
Book of the Dead is an innovative new production, that incorporates live
music, spoken and sung text and projected digital imagery. This creates
an immersive performance experience encapsulating the intellectual,
spiritual, emotional and vibrant aspects of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Internationally renowned composer Philip Glass will compose the music
score with an ensemble of Tibetan and western musicians, and singers.
Douglas Penick is writing the original libretto. Carl Skelton, director of
the Integrated Digital Media Institute at Polytechnic University in NYC
and highly acclaimed for his new media design, is creating the
multimedia production. The computer-based interface will create a
visual world embodying the various realms and states of mind described
in the journey of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. CGI (Computer
Generated Imagery) integrated with traditional Tibetan paintings will
take the audience on the journey from death and beyond. This includes
the collapse of the bodily elements at the time of death, the encounter of
the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, Yama the Lord of Death, and the six
realms of confused rebirth: the Realms of Hell, Hungry Ghost Animal,
Humans, Jealous Gods and Gods. All along the possibility of luminous
awakening and liberation are present. Liberation, The Tibetan Book of
the Dead, transforms these ancient and profound teachings of universal
appeal into anew and completely contemporary experience.
Available from end 2008.