NICHOLAS ROERICH: MESSENGER OF BEAUTY.
This is a good introductory Audio - Visual from the Theosophical
Society of America with music and spoken text introducing the life and
paintings of Roerich (1874 - 1947).
Roerich, a Russian by birth, painted some 7,000 pictures. He was a very
great soul. His paintings are concerned not only with the beautiful but also
with the deeply spiritual. There are some 160 slides in this show and it lasts
some 45 minutes. I also currently have some 10 other shows (Audio
Visuals emphasizing Roerich's paintings) created by myself. These
have no text but instead feature music & paintings with either my own music
- on tape or played live upon Tibetan Bowls, Tibetan Bells and Gongs,
Overtone singing etc - or the orchestral music of contemporary American composer
These include: -
THE LEGEND OF SHAMBHALA.
ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS.
REALM OF LIGHT.
LAND OF THE SHINING ONES.
OF THE MOUNTAINS.
- ABODE OF LIGHT.
TREASURE OF THE CATHARS.
The idea behind these shows is to synthesise sound and colour together in order to effect changes in our consciousness leading us towards the inner spiritual realms of Light through Beauty. The paintings are grouped according to a theme or an 'inner journey' whilst the music complements this goal leading to a powerful experience of the psychio-spiritual dimensions of sound and colour. Each show varies in length from between 17 minutes to 60 minutes. In addition to these set shows, I can also offer a study of any number of individual paintings speaking in greater depth concerning Roerich's intended meaning and/or research into the significance contained within their specific subject matter as required. I can also show a few of the complete sets from the several "Series" of paintings that Roerich composed, which likewise includes some commentary. Naturally, any combination of the above mentioned list of activities can be arranged into a programme to suit your needs.
from a half-hour programme to a One Day/Two Day Roerich event.
These may feature in-depth analysis of specific paintings plus other areas
associated with the various interests, which occupied his life. His paintings
fall into three main periods: - the Stone Age, the Theatre and the late
Himalayan. For instance, it is also generally little known that he was the
inspiration for the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.
I have been giving Roerich slide presentations since 1977 and have
collected a substantial amount of colour transparencies since that time; whilst
I began various sound and colour workshops etc in 1978. I have given over 200
such events at both National and International festivals and various
Universities, colleges, Spiritualist churches, Spiritual Centres, New Age Groups
and other centres between then and now; plus hundreds of solo concerts and have
appeared on 57 album releases. (See Biography; Discography and/or Reviews).
A typical application may run: - Concert on the Bowls; esoteric/psychic/spiritual aspects of the bowls, or lecture; meditation with the bowls. A One Day workshop might be preceded by an evening concert on the bowls and the day concluded with one or more Roerich slide shows in the evening.
© Copyright 1995 by Frank Perry. All rights reserved. Revised 1999.