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Chronology Arts - Bodhasara


Chronology Arts - Bodhasara

  • Date: Friday, 1 November 2013 to Saturday, 2 November 2013, 8pm
  • Venue: Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Theatre Centre — Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Sydney, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the New Music Network 2013 series

Event Details

Bodhasara, an 18th century text originally composed in Sanskrit, is poetry – not a philosophical treatise. Narahari, the author, frequently warns that ‘jivanmukti’ (liberation whilst alive and embodied) cannot be explained through reasoned discourse, ‘jivanmukti’ can only be experienced, and the role of a guru is to bring the pupil to a position where that experience is possible. The key is ‘sahrdaya’, being of one heart with the author and with the multivalent structures of Bodhasara.

In many ways Bodhasara is rather like music where multiple parts interact in harmony, syncopation, counterpoint and discord to produce an existential statement. The outcome is a higher order meaning which eludes simplistic statement.

Chronology Arts has commissioned five composers, with the aid of the Australia Council, to respond to various parts of this text. Leah Barclay, Hayden Woolf, Chris Williams, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Tristan Coelho have each selected a part for interpretation. The text has been translated into English by Grahame and Jennifer Cover.

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