Extended Learning

Promotion in Classes

To better promote U-Theatre on campus, we began to carry out the promotion in two classes in each grade. We introduced the book of Jungle Drums to the students in grades 1-3 and the more difficult Sword of Dandelion to the students in grades 4-6. To enhance the students’ sense of engagement, we decided to demonstrate the drum music taught in the Cultural and Creative Park of Ten Drum Art Percussion Group and let the participants play the drum in person. We also designed the Q&A session with prizes so that we would see how much the students knew through the questions. At last, we played the film about what we learned during the winter camp organized by U-Theatre to convince them that we could also play the drum as gracefully as U-people as long as we practiced with patience and a peace of mind.

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The most difficult was the book “Sword of Dandelion” that we read to the students in higher grades. Its connotation was really profound. I could not fathom it at all the first time I read it. Therefore, one had to read it many times and seriously contemplate on its gist in order to really understand its meaning. For the questions we asked in the Q&A session, some students could give the right answers immediately, but there were still some questions that they didn’t know the answers. It took us much time to explain the answers. So this was a really profound book.

To rehearse the promotion, we borrowed the classroom from Teacher Chang who taught in Grade 6. Teacher Chang offered to stay and instruct us, telling us where we needed to stress the words or what tone we should use while telling the story, etc. With Teacher Chang’s instruction, we managed to read in a livelier tone and be more involved in reading. Therefore, the promotion went on smoothly. During the process of promotion, we happened to complete the poster production, so we also publicize the exhibition to the senior students and invited them to appreciate our posters.

Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums

  

Recommendation of Good Books

This book was adapted from the annual grand performance of U-Theatre “Sword of Dandelion”. It told the story about a young swordsman called “Yushuang”. Yushuang liked to practice swords most in the dandelion flowers as from his childhood. One day, in the forest he met an old man who called himself “The No.1 Swordsman in the World”. The old man showed him a path to practice the real sword. So Yushuang just said goodbye to his mother and embarked on his journey.

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Why we recommended this book? Because the topic of our website competition was to explore U-Theatre, the teacher then searched for related books on the Internet and discovered this Sword of Dandelion, a book developed with the U-Theatre’s idea. In this book, how did Yushuang accomplish the path to practice the real sword? What was the highest state of the art of swords? The state of real sword that U-Theatre wanted to express was vividly painted by an Italian painter, which made it easier for us to read it.

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Through this book, it dawned on me that the biggest enemy of everyone was himself or herself. One had to beat himself or herself first in order to transcend others. No matter what we did, we should be determined, resolute and not be easily influenced by others so that we could be successful in the society.

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Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums

  

"U-Theatre" Performances

The Record of “Lover” at the National Theatre

  1. Theme of the activity: “Lover” on Taiwan International Festival of Arts in 2016
  2. Activity date: February 26, 2016
  3. Activity location: The National Theatre
  4. Participants: Members of Thunder King of Drums
  5. Records: Cai-Ru Liu

This time we came to appreciate a different performance of U-Theatre at the National Theatre. “Lover” was a transnational musical drama directed by Ruo-yu Liu with the music composed by Christian Jost, a composer in Berlin. The nearly 100 performers of Rundfunkchor Berlin immersed the audience in the fantastic feast that integrated the eastern and western cultures by making their rich, deep and powerful singing resound amidst U-Theatre’s roaring drum music.

愛人Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums  
愛人Photo credit: http://tifa.npac-ntch.org/2016/tw/theatre/lover/

The theme of the performance was to face the eternal issue of “love” of human beings. Through the Taiji performer, Teacher Liu found the universal language that could combine the ancient eastern poems with the western love poems. The integration of the art of body, the chorus melody and the drumbeat expressed, with great subtlety, the affection between the main characters in the drama. The seemingly different views about love converged to a universal value, making the whole drama really enjoyable both to the eyes and the ears in a wonderful and harmonious manner.

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

While working through this subject, we had a chance to appreciate an international-level performance. It was different from the orchestral music we usually learned; it was neither classical nor modern. Instead, it was presented in the innovative form of musical drama, which delighted us so much and further broadened our vision dramatically. Music, both artistic and creative, boasted infinite possibilities. This was really an unforgettable high-level performance.

愛人Photo credit: http://tifa.npac-ntch.org/2016/tw/theatre/lover/
愛人Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums