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this body is so impermanent...

Directed by Peter Sellars, 2021 USA 78 minutes
15+
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A magnificent real-time performance of a sacred Buddhist sutra, from renowned theatre and opera director Peter Sellars in collaboration with a luminous group of artists.

In this creative response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sellars directs three virtuosic artists in three continents. Each improvises in their own unique artform to create a simultaneous meditation on a passage from the Vimalakirti Sutra, a foundational Buddhist text from around the first century CE. What can we learn from the pandemic? In the hands of Sellars, together with calligrapher Wang Dongling, dancer Michael Schumacher and South Indian singer Ganavya, the sutra is performed as an astonishing shared visual poem. Words become actions, and bodies become the bearers of the text’s message of pain, beauty and hope – ultimately offering a portal to transformation.

Program Strand
FLUX Art+Film,
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Language
In English
Director
Peter Sellars,
Producer
Julia Carnahan, Cheng-Sim Lim, Caleb Hammons, Susan Pertel Jain, Jason Silverman, Cathy Teixeira,
Cinematographer
Yu Lik-wai,
Editor
Tim Squyres,
Genre
Religion & Belief, Experimental, Cinephile, Arts, Dance,
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Cheng-Sim Lim,