Enlightenment with drum

Social welfare

In 2009, U-Theatre assisted Changhua Prison to form "Drum & Dance Band" to conduct the series activity of "U-Theatre—Inspiring Changhua. This is innovation in the field of culture inheritance. It combines the inheritance of morality and arts with social welfare, which is of great social responsibility and significance. U-Theatre helped prisoners find a way out through percussion so that the latter could adjust their minds.

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U-Theatre facilitated Changhua Prison to carry out the inheritance and training of the art of drum. Through the training of drum, prisoners released their power from their "hearts" and faced their lives with a new attitude. People were pulled closer via the sounds of drum, indicating their positive energy. A former prison and member of U-Theatre said that, "I tried to learn how to play a drum with curiosity and release my bitterness due to the loss of freedom. After the performances for hundreds of times, I was surprised at the applauses and cheers for me which I had never experienced before."

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After the pass on of the art of drum at Changhua Prison, U-Theatre performers deeply felt the power of art which could change the heart of a person. They realized that those who dropped out of school needed love and vision. Hence, they established the program of "Young Andersen School on the Road". The program was formed in 2011 for a group of adolescents at the ages from 14 to 16 who had been off the track. They received the training of Performer’s Discipline ("meditation, practicing martial arts, and percussion ") to learn how to be serene. The program had trained a batch of "Little U-Theatre Performers".

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In 2013, Director Shiao-yun Kuo made a documentary for the impressive program, named "School on the Road". It was about a group of impulsive adolescents who regained confidence along with drumbeats. They transformed from high school students who had been off the right track to Little U-Theatre Performers, performed at various counties and townships, and shared their touching experiences. They learned discipline and respect and gained applause. With inspiring and encouraging performances for years, U-Theatre has brought about performance arts to social welfare and helped prisoners regain confidence and return to the society.

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Photo credit:  U-Theatre Facebook

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Care for the society

In 2013, U-Theatre led a group of adolescents to start the Cloud-on-the-feet Trekking  project of "Young Drummer School on the Road". It adopted the mode of "school on the road" and the training method of trekking and helped the adolescents practice with the method of "playing a drum while trekking for a day". While trekking day after day, they learned how to relax and focus their attention on their feet. One step, one footprint. They regained simplicity and serenity in their hearts.

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In 2014, U-Theatre cooperated with the Hsinchu County Government and seven middle schools to initiate the trekking program of "Beautiful Taiwanese Hearts". A group of middle school students walked while practicing percussion. Within 38 days, they walked from Donggang Township, Pingdong to the Mountain Theatre, in Muzha, Taipei, covering a length of 450km. 8 U-Theatre members joined the program to serve as tutors. While trekking, the adolescents overcame their restlessness to perform at various counties and townships and demonstrate the brilliance of confidence.

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From artistic creation to care for the society, U-Theatre upholds "educate oneself and others with a drum" and encourages its students to practice "concentration" by trekking, study and endeavors to record the beauty of life with sweats and rhythm. One step, one footprint. They convey the message of "beautiful Taiwanese hearts". Through the cooperation among the government, enterprises, schools, and U-Theatre, they hoped that performance arts could touch the society and drive the sustainable development of the good works of Taiwan.

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Photo credit: http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/

Reference:

  1. http://www.chinatimes.com
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