Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in "Tigerlily and the Dragonfly". Photo: Julie Lemberger

"Sleeping Buddha" Rehearsals Begin--A Bali Tour 2010 Piece

“Sleeping Buddha, a new piece that will premiere in BALAM’s Bali Tour 2010, is conceived and choreographed by Shelley Lynne Cummins. This work is inspired by the life of Buddha and the four archetypal art depictions of his life: sitting, standing, moving and reclining.

Here Shelley and Robin Gilbert in the rehearsal studio try on their fabulous neon colored wigs and shimmering fabric that will become their fitted jewel toned sarongs/robes. 

They represent *chakras related to the Buddha’s postures and in the choreography move interdependently to symbolize the Buddha’s exploration of the diversity of consciousness into Nirvana.

*According to the yogic tradition, chakras are etheric energy centers in the human body associated with various states of consciousness.