U-Theatre will bring its classic repertoire Sound of the Ocean to the world music series of Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam on December 7th
Sound of the Ocean tells of the“water of life, which nourishes our souls.＂ The music and drumming and movement simulate the remarkably diverse and distinctive sounds of water in its five sections: “Collapse”, “Flowing Water”, “Breakers”, “Listening to the Ocean Heart”, and “Sound of the Ocean” as individual drops gather together to form a stream and streams create a river which eventually rushes into the ocean.
Sound of the Ocean is not a narrative drama performance. There is neither storyline, nor dialogue. It simply and abstractly expresses the conception of “water”. The audiences do not need to seek storyline from it, but to feel the flowing of water. The flowing of water represents the journey of life, and each audience is set to experience their own life’s story right there, and response themselves to Sound of the Ocean.
About U-Theatre (Taiwan)
Founded in 1988, Artistic Director Liu Ruo-Yu and drumming master / music director Huang Chih-Chun (jointed in 1993) led together the ensemble of U-Performers to present rigorous works of aesthetic beauty rooted in the disciplined study and practice of meditation, drumming, martial arts, Tai-Chi, dance, and acting.
Uniting East and the West, the ancient and the modern, the spiritual and the physical, U-Theatre has graced world stages and festivals including Barbican Center (UK), Avignon Festival, Biennale de la Danse (France), OzAsia Festival (Australia), Hong Kong Arts Festivaland the Next Wave Festival at BAM (NYC).
In addition the stage performance, U-Theatre also won the 2014 President Prize for Innovation in Taiwan with its efforts in bringing art into the society through collaborating with prisons, high schools, and corporate companies for its curriculum of drumming & meditation to help with the reformed prisoners and teenagers to find their hope and strength in life.
In 2014 U-Theatre made again its signature Trekking Taiwan project by completing 450 kilometres within 38 days from south to north on the west coast Taiwan. A unique physical training method invented by U-Theatre, “Feet in the Clouds” trekking project aims to increase one’s self-awareness through trekking by day and drumming by night. Since 1994 this practice has afforded U-Theatre opportunities to step away from the confines of a theatre to reach out to world communities, even further to Tibet and Paris.