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Taiwan's U Theatre is an
exhilarating mix of martial arts,
awe-inspiring feats of athleticism, drumming, ritual percussion,
live music and even tai-chi, all wrapped in a philosophy of
Zen Bhuddism. Their international masterpiece Sound of
the Ocean, making its New Zealand debut in the Festival, is
one of the most spectacular shows of 2011.
High above the city of Taipei on Laochuan Mountain, members of U
Theatre spend their days practicing tai-chi, meditating and
drumming up a storm. Their rigorous martial arts training, ritual
percussion, and devotion to meditation, produce astounding
performances that fuse drama, dance and music.
Sound of the Ocean, a monumental, far reaching work that pays
tribute to the marvels of water, has inspired awe and wonder in
audiences around the globe. Water's cyclical journey from a tiny
drop to the crashing waves of the mighty sea is spectacularly
rendered using an amazing assortment of temple bells, drums, gongs
and cymbals played with acrobatic agility by U Theatre's highly
disciplined musicians and dancers.
Founded by Artistic Director Liu Ruo-Yu in 1988, U Theatre
combines contemporary Western theatrical techniques with Zen
Buddhist philosophy. U Theatre's work is rooted in an ongoing
exploration of indigenous Taiwanese and Chinese performance history
and practice, as well as in a deep respect for the natural
A wondrous, meditative and enlivening experience - don't miss
the chance to be amazed.
Wednesday 16th March
U Theatre in conversation
with Anna Marbrook
Zachery, Dai Chiou-Kung
With support from
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office New Zealand and Asia New
"There is a great and complex beauty to the drumming, sounds
… silence … simple beats and intricate meshes of precisely
- New York Times (USA)