C’mon everybody, get Kipo!

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The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts ensemble

A few years back I put on my bucket list “meet the Dalai Lama.”

And yet for no good reason, I was not in attendance at His Holiness’ visit this past weekend.

Luckily for me, I can still get a taste of Tibetan happiness.

TigerLion Arts is hosting the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (based in Dharamsala, India) for a two-and-a-half week run of “Kipo! A Circus of Song, Spirit and Dance.” The performance was performed as part of the festivities surrounding the Dalai Lama’s visit.

Kipo literally means “happy,” and the show, which was created by local Tibetan performer Tenzin Ngawang and Markell Kiefer of TigerLion Arts, celebrates the culture of Tibet while also treating the universal values of simplicity, honesty and compassion.

Kipo! was first performed in the 2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival with 19 students from the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota. The current production, which runs through May 22nd, features the ensemble of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

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