The "discipline" of U-Theatre performers

Meditation and Percussion Practice

The "discipline" of U-Theatre performers refers to "meditation, martial arts, and percussion practice ", which is a training system with calm mental state accumulated for over two decades of U-Theatre and distinct from that of other troupes. They attach the same degree of importance to the skill and spiritual practice of performers. Through the "discipline", their members learn how to become and remain calm and discover the eternity of their hearts and then improve their mastery of music and performance. It is a way of training combining both physical skills and spiritual growth.

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The group training of U-Theatre performers is conducted in Muzha, a remote place far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Males have their heads shaved, while females have their hair cut short. No matter sunny or raining days, with the background music of the sounds of birds and insects, they wake up early in the morning to practice Taiji and meditation. In the afternoon, they practice percussion and rehearsal. They live a simple life. Their training content not only contains the thinking of Zen and Taoism, but also involves traditional philosophy in daily life.

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Photo credit:http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw/

"U-Theatre" combines the skills of western music, philosophy, martial art skills, and religion, integrates the elements of Grotowski physical training, oriental traditional martial arts, percussion, Taiji, folk opera, artistry, religion, and meditaion, successfully creates a unique performance form, and opens a new era of the art of drum.

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Photo credit: http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw/

U-Theatre hopes that through the training method of "combination of Tao and Art", they can reflect the realm of "tranquility in dynamism and dynamism in tranquility", integrate body movements, dance, percussion, and nature. It gives the audience great shock, provides imagination and reflection space, allows themselves to talk with their hearts, maintains the serenity of minds, re-experience life, and creates new vitality.

Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums
Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums

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  1. http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw
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Cloud-on-the-feet Trekking Project

U-Theatre performers adopt the way of "playing a drum while trekking for a day" to practice themselves. They feel the earth by their feet, learn to challenge their inner weakness, and return to simplicity and serenity The troupe combines "Tao—Trace the root significance of life" and "Art—Practice life aesthetics" to help young and puzzled people or vulnerable groups to rebuild their confidence, find their own goals, and identify the meaning of their own lives. Through the cultivation of arts and culture, it makes children to strengthen their confidence and march forward with steady steps!

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While trekking, the members focus their attention on their feet. When their hearts become serene, they can hear the singing of birds, the sounds produced by the movement of leaves and the drops of rain. Through " Cloud-on-the-feet Trekking Project ", their hearts become more serene and harmonious. They can perceive their surroundings with pure hearts and endow new lives to the traditional art of drum.

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Chinese poet, Su Tungpo, once said that, "Energy comes from dynamism. Spirit comes from tranquility. The combination of dynamism and tranquility means true spirit." The biggest difference between U-Theatre and other contemporary troupes lies in that the former's performers not only focus on the presentation of their skills or the shocking effect of their appearance, but also want to demonstrate the power and the beauty of their bodies, allow audience to feel the continuous drum in tranquility and dynamism, shock the souls of audience, and convey the creation of Chinese traditional arts.

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  1. http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw
  2. https://zh.wikipedia.org
  3. http://www.bookzone.com.tw
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