Footfalls from the Land of Happiness traces a joyful journey of discovery into the dancing culture of Bhutan. From the moment the plane lands in full view of the mountains and monastic fortresses, one experiences the timeless sense of entering deeper and deeper into a remote and magical universe─the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the Buddhist Himalayas.
Descriptions of Bhutan’s scenic geography, drama-filled history, politics, religion, and perspectives on life provide layers of contextual background for an understanding of this dance-suffused culture. Karen Greenspan accompanies the reader to specific Bhutanese festivals for a close-up view of the dances and rituals as well as interviews with dance masters, Buddhist experts, and dance practitioners from both monastic and lay communities. The unfolding account flows with vivid dance prose, content-rich sidebars, and 95 color-drenched dance photographs giving the fullest experience of the omnipresent culture of dance in Bhutan.
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Karen Greenspan is a New York City-based dance journalist. She conducted the cultural and historic research for this book over eight years, during which she made five trips to Bhutan. Greenspan has authored numerous articles on global dance traditions and contemporary dance artists and trends. She is a frequent contributor to Ballet Review, Natural History Magazine, and Tashi Delek among other publications.
To read more dance writing by Karen Greenspan, visit https://www.karengreenspan.com/