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The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment: Buddhist Ritual Song and Dance from Korea

Info: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7:30 pm • Kennedy Theatre • ADVANCE TICKETS $15 - $25. Tickets also available at the door $20 - $30. • TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE, click on www.etickethawaii.com, visit any UH Ticket outlet (Kennedy Theatre, Stan Sheriff Center, Rainbowtique Downtown or at Ward Centre, UH Mānoa Campus Center ticket office, Windward Community College OCET office), or charge by phone 944-BOWS (-2697); service charges apply. Advance sales end 4 hours and 30 minutes before the performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before doors open. For more information call 956-8246. •

Ancient chants, drum and cymbal dances, and the elaborately costumed "Butterfly Dance" from the sacred Young San ceremony are offered in concert by Buddhist monks from Korea. These pieces are a sampler from the elaborate three-day ritual in honor of Buddha that has been classified as a Korean Intangible Cultural Asset.

The group is led by monk Dong Hee, the first woman to be associated with the ceremony and one of the most highly respected religious leaders in Korea today. The founder of the Young San Preservation Group was the late Venerable Song-am Park, who maintained and preserved the form despite the Japanese Colonial government ban on Korea Buddhist ceremonies. Monk Dong Hee began her forty years of study with him when she was thirteen years old.

Presented in association with The Korea Society, sponsored in part by the Halla Huhm Foundation, Center for Korean Studies, Korean American Foundation, with additional support provided by Muryangsa Temple and University of Hawai`i at Mānoa`s Department of Theatre and Dance. Media sponsors The Korea Times Hawai`i,/i>and Radio Seoul. The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment is a University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Arts and Mind event.

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