Pass on the Art of Drum

Pass on the U Theatre

As of the training of performers, there is a systematic education from primary school to senior middle school. It is hoped that the art spirit of performers can be rooted deeply in Taiwan! Thus, the planned and completed inheritance plans of U-Theatre include the training and performances of "Performers on the Mountain", "Jingwen Youth U-Theatre", "Youth U-Theatre", and "Golden Stone Performers" which are described as follows.

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Performers on the Mountain
Mountain is the base of the works of "U-Theatre". With Degaoling, Lao-Chuan Mountain as their basis, the performers practice the spirit of "being gentle and modest, direct action, simplicity, and reflection" and make each performance as stable and magnificent as a mountain and touch the hearts of audience.
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Golden Stone Performers
This is the prisoner U-Theatre selected during its interview at Changhua Prison. The newly found deserted Jinguashi Quarry is used for training and hopes that "It can become a mountainous city leading the trend of arts and cultural village with its own story. And it hopes that children can find their own future."
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Youth U-Theater
It is mainly formed by the students graduated from the Performance Class of Jingwen High School. Since high school, they have started to receive the training of meditation, music, and body movements, attempt various professional forms of performances, and break through the tradition of U-Theatre as they don't bring along drums with them but use items in daily life to create innovative and energetic rhythm."
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Jingwen Youth U-Theater
U-Theatre arranges that the students of Performance Art Class receive normal course of Jingwen High School for half a day, and receive U-Theatre course of "Pas 36 at Yong An Art Center" for the rest of the day. Through various performances, students could have an alternative way of study, feel the sense of achievement, and accumulate rich stage experiences.
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Reference:

  1. http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw
  2. https://tw.news.yahoo.com
  3. http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw
  4. http://utheatre.glis.ntnu.edu.tw
  5. http://www.utheatre.org.tw

 

Performing Arts School 36

Pas 36 at Yong An Art Center was officially opened in 2006 and jointly founded by U-Theatre and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government. It is located at Muxin Road, Taipei City. For the name of " Pas 36 ", there are 35 rooms at Shaolin Temple, while the 36th room is left for secular disciples. In order to expose citizens to such spirit, this class is named as " Pas 36".

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

Director Ruo-Yu Liu said that, "Art shall be deeply rooted in the hearts of kids. The inheritance of art always starts from the next generation." This is the new home for U-Theatre, established for two decades and "Little U-Theatre Performers ", new members of the troupe. Ruo-Yu Liu assumed that, "We need not only to promote but also to pass on arts." This is the goal of the establishment of " Pas 36 at Yong An Art Center ". Through the cultural and innovative development of arts and life, Pas 36 hopes that it can enhance life quality and build a base for the promotion of art performance and education.

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

Like trees grow upon deep roots, little performers lay a foundation of art since they are young. Their professionalism in the future is promising. Besides artistic and cultural performance activities, it cooperates with Jingwen High School to open a performance arts class, hoping that the children in the community can learn arts at an early age and that arts can be inherited and promoted so that they can make a difference to the quiet and old community of Muzha with a long history and form an artistic and cultural atmosphere for Muzha.

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

Reference:

  1. http://pas36.tw
  2. http://blog.yam.com
  3. http://cultureexpress.taipei

 

Performance around the world

Since its establishment in 1988, U-Theatre has over 135 performances in the five continents and 45 countries, receiving great response from the art circle. Now, many internationally important art festivals invite them to perform.

Paris, France
U-Theatre performed "Beyond Time" at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France from 14th to 18th September, 2015, for the first time, which was the seventh visit to France. The way of performance: Difference from average dance of circling with eyes fixed on a target, a performer or several performers of U-Theatre turn around with heavy eyes and stable bodies.

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Brooklyn Academy of Music, USA
U-Theatre performed "Beyond Time" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, USA for the first time from 19th to 21st  November, 2015. This performance great response of the art circle of New York. The way of performance: Instruments which could produce strong rhythm like drum, gong, cymbals were used to match with dance. Acoustooptic technology and mirrors were adopted to make the effect of motion of celestial bodies as its background. It demonstrated multiple level and 3D stage space.

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Canada (Canada's National Arts Center)
U-Theatre performed "Sword of Wisdom" in Canada's National Arts Center on 24th November, 2015. The way of performance: It integrated dance, martial arts, meditation, drama, and percussion. The connotation of the work emphasized that the sword of wisdom should be used to open one's heart to embrace the world rather than hurting and fighting. The excellent performance had attracted many guests. It was a successful cultural feast.

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