‘Ga Sho’ is a traditional farewell in Tibet: you touch foreheads together and say ‘tse-ring, ga-sho’, it means ‘May you live long, may you be loved’.
Ga Sho gives the title to a powerhouse one-woman show based on the incredible true story of Tibetan nun, Ngawang Sangdrol who was arrested at the age of thirteen and who spent the next eleven years in Drapchi prison, Lhasa, Tibet, where several of her fellow nuns died.
With no resources and no reason for hope Sangdrol must find the answers within herself and her faith. Ga Sho follows the inner and outer journeys of a teenage Tibetan nun who somehow survives despite all the odds, ultimately finding a way, via song, to narrowly escape death and begin a new life in America.
Uniquely, the performer and audience are enclosed within Sangdrol’s world of solitary confinement by a surrounding web of 24 audio-speakers, controlled via cutting edge technology. Authentic Tibetan ritual sounds, the chanting of Buddhist monks, evocative natural sounds, and scored choral music can come from anywhere or engulf the space entirely creating a visceral, invisible world where only the finest line between the spiritual and the touchable exist.
Development of Ga Sho (originally titled ‘Numinous City’ with a larger cast) has been commissioned by ROH2, Royal Opera House, London and by American Opera Projects, New York, along with support from the Rubin Museum Of Art – a review of the work when it was performed under the title ‘Numinous City’ can be found here: Numinous City