Siamo molto lieti di annunciare che la nostra socia Elisa Copello ha ricevuto a Tenerife il riconoscimento di praticante esperta di Danze Khaita (danze moderne e tradizionali tibetane) da Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Elisa è studente di Rinpoche dal 1983 e dedita a Khaita dal 2012 dopo aver seguito diversi seminari con Adriana Dal Borgo e Tserin Dolker in Italia e a Tenerife. Complimenti Elisa!
Ecco il suo racconto del Khaita Festival che si è tenuto a Tenerife il 31 marzo 2016:
“There are no words to describe the joyful wonderful atmosphere you could almost “breathe” in the gonpa of Dzamlinggar on March 31st at the presence of Rinpoche, Shangpa Master Denis, Alkis Raftis, the president of CID, (INTERNATIONAL DANCE COUNCIL) and the Adeje town counsellor of creativity development, sport and knowledge.Other town counsellors of Guia de Isora and the director of th Adeje College of art and music joined in later.
At the beginning there were the usual introductory and welcoming talks with the purpose as well to present professor Raftis to our people. It was explained that he is the president of CID, the International Dance Council, a non-governmental organization founded in1973 and based in the headquarters of Unesco in Paris. The CID, official partner of Unesco, brings together the most important international, national and local dancing organizations as well as individual dancers. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu met Prof. Raftis in Moscow in 2011 at the Dzogchen Forum organized by Silvano Yeshe Namkhai and soon after a mutual collaboration started with the entry of Vajra Dance into the global dance directory of CID and lately Khaita Joyful dances as well have become part of it. After this very short presentation it was the turn of Rinpoche to speak and he was visibly happy and satisfied, emphasizing the importance of this Khaita event and of the official recognition by CID of what we are doing. He added that dancing is an art, because art can involve body, speech and mind, it is not only painting. Then he continued saying that the principle is not that we sing and dance because he is Tibetan. Tibet is an isolated country which, on the other hand, has kept alive for centuries and centuries authentic knowledge. The spiritual Buddhist path, Sutra and Tantra have spread everywhere, but the origin, the source are the collections of the 108 volumes of Kanguyr and of the 200 of Tangyur translated from Sanscript into Tibetan and not existing in any other part of the world. Now Tibet belongs to China, the official language is Chinese and in the course of two generations the Tibetan language might disappear. So Khaita is a way, continued Rinpoche, to support Tibetan language and culture, but there is also another reason for Khaita: our citizens are always agitated and restless and so Khaita is a very useful practice to help people to become more joyful and relaxed. For this the presence of local authorities is very important.” Here -said Rinpoche concluding his short but very meaningful speech- there are representatives of the IDC from all over the world and after a long training we qualified 60 people” who can be considered qualified experts and possible instructors in the future.
Then before delivering CID certificates to Vajra Dance instructors and Khaita dedicated students, Professor Raftis made some very important remarks, some of them “official” as president of CID and some at more personal level as he wished to specify. In fact he said he was more than happy to deliver CID certificates because khaita dances totally embody UNESCO and UN spirit and ideas bringing together people from all over the world who through dancing promote peace harmony and understanding. UNESCO gives priority to small and poor countries and even if “you -he said- come from countries which are neither small nor poor, you promote ideas of UNESCO considering yourselves citizens of the world”. He added that now more than ever the whole mankind is threatened by discrimination, lack of respect, financial crisis effects, terrorist attacks and that’s why khaita is so important because it emphasizes respect for humanity and its real values. Then he shared with us his personal feelings, saying that Khaita is not only a practice, like ballet, tango or flamenco and so forth. There is a ” theory” behind khaita dances because strictly linked to a vast culture and history from which they are inseparable. That ‘s why – he concluded- ” I have a profound deep respect for what you are doing”.
Then vajra instructors and khaita dedicated students were called one by one to receive their certificates, a lot of clapping, laughing, but also an intense deep moving moment for everyone which increased even more when Rinpoche started giving diplomas to the newly qualified experts, 60 ones altogether, from the youngest one, Elia, as Rinpoche underlined, to the oldest one, Elisa. Then there was a demonstration of the Vajra dance and soon after the experts performed 10 dances which were visibly appreciated by all the guests. Then the delivery of the Gonpa book as precious presents to all the guests and to follow lunch for the authorities sitting with Rinpoche at a long table and for all the others food provided by the Dzamlinggar coffee shop. Really a great day, a milestone in the history of Khaita, the first visible concrete manifestation after almost five years of untiring work of Rinpohe and his strict collaborators.
Then on the following day in Playa San Juan a public performance in the church square in collaboration with the local authorities of Guia de Isora, very successful indeed thanks to the competence of our dancers and the involvement of the public invited to join in at the end of the show….we had planned a couple of dances to practice together but the enthusiasm of people was so great that they asked for more and in the end we danced with them five dances altogether.
On Saturday and Sunday morning some of the qualified experts had the opportunity to teach simple dances and basic steps to total beginners who joined the two work-shops which had been organized to conclude Khaita festival program.
At the end of this brief report I would like to share some of my personal feelings and experiences as the oldest of the group. In spite of my age and some evident legs problems, I have been really dancing a lot these last four years and I have realized that, once I have really leant a dance and fully integrated into my body, speech and mind its movements, I feel that it is pure energy carrying me around, not my legs….in fact it is as if I had no more weight, a real wonderful sensation shared, I am sure, by many other dancers….more presence and the marvelous harmonious power of energy driving us along……Precious gift of our Master! Then I noticed that since Khaita started and more and more practitioners have been dancing and dedicating themselves to it, we are all more open, friendly, smiling and supporting one another. There is the feeling of being together, of sameness, of no duality, of no judging: it does not really matter if you are a skillful dancer, a less skillful one, a beginner, there is no judgement, only the joy of dancing together in presence and harmony applying the three principles Rinpoche has explained several times: IDEM, harmony, GYU, movement and GRIG, coordination, aware of respecting one another’s space and happy to be part of our Khaita boat fully integrated and connected with our whole Dzogchen Community boat, a unique body with several arms and legs moving together in harmony and space according to the meaning of Khaita.”