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This edition: The Celestial Dance of Bhutan

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In the far reaches of Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist kingdom nestled between Tibet and India, monks gather in the mountains to prepare for several days of dancing and meditation. Dressed in celestial robes and wearing wooden masks, the monks perform a sacred dance that both purifies and cleanses away negative emotions such as fear, greed or anger. Thugten, aged 23, comes from a long line of dancers and is a dance master at the Drametse monastery. Thanks to the help of his master, Meme Badge, he will train his students for the Drametse festival and will teach them the choreography, transmitted from generation to generation. Dir.: Florence Tan. (52 min.)