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During this paintings the writer lines his researches with Grotowski and Strasberg, on the outdated Vic in London, and in Nahuatlan and Tibetan theatre to reach at his layout for a special participatory theatre shape. The textual content additionally offers a realistic advisor to the author's ritual/theatrical "actions" in addition to delivering a philosophical context for this paintings.
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There was, nevertheless, a sense of deep security; these men, for all their ferocity, and with the volcanoes—Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl —at the bottom of the garden, were praying to God. I never felt afraid. The parts of the dances I still remember are the skips and jumps which seemed like explosions of colours, sounds, smells and emotions. They appeared to me to be living offerings of their own energy. Several times, I do not know exactly how many, we experienced this festival of Nahuatlan theatre, spoken in Spanish but dotted with odd phrases in Nahuatlan, which inadvertently came violently into my house.
All religions are fusions, amalgamations, melting pots. The phenomenon of union in preHispanic shell dances is a true reflection of how the aspirations of authentic Christianity and pre-Hispanic religion are blended in a single impulse to dance for God. This phenomenon, with this unified structure, is what the Mexicans of today are living through. In this structure we can find Nahuatlan theatrical rite totally alive, together with images and guidelines of Christianity brought to life by this dance.
As some of his comments are of use in our research, the interview is reproduced below. “Your Holiness, first of all, we would like to thank you for your hospitality and for everything we have received from Tibetan culture and, of course, to thank you for offering us this audience. ” Dalai Lama: “Well, the best thing you can do to help Tibet is spread the truth about the current situation, in political, cultural and anthropological terms. You can help us by writing articles which talk of Tibet in the contemporary world: articles about painting, philosophy, religion, dance or theatre.