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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.

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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.

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

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