Virtual Screening Room: this body is so impermanent

Streaming Online
Wednesday, Mar 17, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Film still from this body is so impermanent (2021)

Presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Boethius Initiative at UCLA and Fisher Center at Bard

U.S., 2021

Like the 1st-century sacred Buddhist text that inspired it, the latest project from renowned theater director Peter Sellars is a call to community to learn and heal together during a time of sickness. This multi-disciplinary performance film was born of a remarkable international collaboration between Sellars and a trio of acclaimed artists as COVID-19 washed over the globe. Working virtually across continents under quarantine, South Indian devotional singer Ganavya, master calligrapher Wang Dongling and improvisatory dancer Michael Schumacher engaged with the Vimalakirti Sutra and each other in an ensemble act of creation and healing. Sellars orchestrates breath and brushstroke, movement and mindfulness into a visual poem of stunning power. 

Film still from this body is so impermanent (2021)


Viewers who pre-order the film will be sent an invitation on the day of the event to precede their viewing with a live, virtual mindfulness meditation session via Zoom beginning at 4 p.m. and to follow it with a post-screening conversation with the audience and artists at the same link.

Please note: this virtual screening is restricted to viewers within the United States. Space is limited.

Free Registration