Tsering Wangmo


Tibetan folk music, dance, and opera

The ceremonial dance and song of the Kongpo region of Tibet are performed on special occasions, particularly Losar, the Tibetan New Year.  These songs and dances, which are part of the traditional life of the peoples of the Kongpo region, are particularly important to teach because they are being eradicated by the ruling Chinese.  As a young Tibetan refugee in India, Tsering Wangmo learned these dances from watching her elders in the refugee camps.  She later studied traditional Tibetan music, dance, and opera at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala in Northern India, and she now crusades to keep Tibetan culture alive in California.  She is a co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area's Chaksam-pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company.

As a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011, Wangmo worked with her niece and apprentice Tsering Dolker.  The apprenticeship focused on increasing Dolker’s skills in the vocal and dance elements of Tibetan folk opera.

In 2003, Wangmo was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program with her sister and apprentice Tsering Dickyi.  During the apprenticeship, Wangmo instructed Dickyi in the millenia-old songs and dances of the Kongpo region.

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Master artist Tsering Wangmo (in blue) and her 2011 apprentice Tsering Dolker (2nd from left) (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Master artist Tsering Wangmo (left) and her 2011 apprentice Tsering Dolker (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Master artist Tsering Wangmo (right) and her 2011 apprentice Tsering Dolker (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Master Tibetan singer and dancer Tsering Wangmo (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Tsering Dolker, master artist Tsering Wangmo's 2011 apprentice (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Tsering Dolker, master artist Tsering Wangmo's 2011 apprentice (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Tsering Dolker, master artist Tsering Wangmo's 2011 apprentice (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Tsering Dolker, master artist Tsering Wangmo's 2011 apprentice (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Tsering Wangmo (left) and her sister and apprentice Tsering Dickyi (Photo: ACTA)
Tsering Wangmo (left) and her sister and apprentice Tsering Dickyi (Photo: ACTA)
Tsering Wangmo (right) and her sister and 2003 apprentice Tsering Dickyi (Photo courtesy of Tsering Wangmo)
Tsering Wangmo (right) and her sister and 2003 apprentice Tsering Dickyi (Photo: ACTA)

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