Travelers call it the "Last Shangri-la," while locals think of Bhutan as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon." Regardless, the tiny, isolated and pristine Himalayan nation remains a relatively peaceful place where the scenery is spectacular, Buddhism is practiced openly and old traditions live on. From out of Bhutan's rarefied atmosphere comes the Black Neck Crane Troupe, a native music and dance ensemble dedicated to bringing some of those traditions alive for the rest of the world.
Tonight, lucky audiences in Boulder will witness their performance of the Treasure Dances of Pema Lingpa at the Boulder Theater, featuring both folk dances and the centerpieces of the evening: a series of sacred mask dances, which retell stories of ancient Buddhist lore with whirling movement and gorgeous costumery to the accompaniment of a live orchestra using cymbals, drums, bells and horns. No doubt about it: This troupe will knock your socks off.
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See the dances beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder; for tickets, $17 to $22, call 303-786-7030 of go to www.bouldertheater.com.
Wed., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2007