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dancEnlight Presents the World Premiere of "Sacred Existence"
Ticket Price: General Admission; $25 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students
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dancEnlight, a professional 501(c)(3) modern dance company, is proud to present the world premiere of "Sacred Existence." Two performances will be held in the Carol Autorino Center at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, on Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

This work is inspired by the stunning documentary film "The Unmistaken Child" directed by Nati Baratz. It tells the story of the real life experience of a Buddhist monk named Tenzin in his quest to find the reincarnation of his Master, the world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist Lama Konchog, in the body of a young child.

Lorelei Chang, the Artistic Director of dancEnlight who is originally from Beijing, China, takes us on a soulful journey with all its challenges.  This production has fourteen chapters of dance that captures the "Sacred Existence" of over 700 years of Buddhist teaching. Using the moving music from the movie, the dancers will translate the film’s scenes physically, and add an interpretive ending.

Special guests Jonah Rodriguez and Brielle Polidoro from Connecticut Concert Ballet will share the role of the young child.

On Saturday evening there will be a question-and-answer session after the performance and a reception in the Auditorium lobby.

Ticket information: Tickets are available through the University of Saint Joseph box office online at or by phone 860-231-5555 and at the Connecticut Concert Ballet studios, 280 Garden Grove Road, Manchester. For any questions about tickets or the show, please call 860-558-6146.        

dancEnlight is a professional 501(c)(3) modern dance company that was founded in 2008 and is currently in residence at Connecticut Concert Ballet in Manchester and Windsor, CT, and Trinity College in Hartford. dancEnlight is dedicated to fostering the arts through excellence in dance, education and artistic collaboration and performs in the U.S. and Japan under the direction of Lorelei Chang. Lorelei draws her inspiration from her Asian background and creates cross-cultural works in a tapestry of Eastern and Western culture. dancEnlight strives to enrich the community, enlighten audiences of all ages, and inspire cultural development, both locally and globally.

Lorelei Chang’s choreography has been presented at the Beijing International Dance Festival in China (1990), American Dance Festival (1991), International Dance Festival in Hong Kong, and Dance Festival in India (1992), International Arts & Ideas in New Haven, 5x5 Dance Festival in Hartford, Rebound Dance Festival in New Haven, and many other venues including Tokyo, Japan. Lorelei was honored to be invited to perform with her twin sister, Mai Nakanishi for the Grand Imperial Charity Banquet hosted by Indonesia’s former president’s wife in Tokyo on Oct 1st, 2011.

For more information on dancEnlight or the Summer Intensive program, please visit or call 860-558-6146.

For more information on modern dance classes with Lorelei Chang, please visit

For more information on the film “Unmistaken Child,” visit