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    Performances >> U-Theatre of Taiwan Sword of Wisdom | 台湾优人神鼓剧团《勇者之剑》
    U-Theatre of Taiwan Sword of Wisdom | 台湾优人神鼓剧团《勇者之剑》
    Date/Time: June 28th 2017 at 19:30
    Prices: 880/680/580/480/280/180/100
    Ticketing time: Mon.- Fri. 9:00-17:00
    Ticketing Phone: 1569 512 2660 (English and Chinese)
    [ SSCAC ] Grand Theatre Seating Chart
    Updated on: 6/9/2017 2:29:38 PM
    Ticketing Address: Room 208, Boji Shengneng Science Park, 1 Heshun Lu, Suzhou SIP
    After last year’s huge success, the U-Theatre of Taiwan percussion and dance company is returning to the Suzhou SSCAC. Drum master / music director Huang Chih-Chun from Malaysia leads the troupe in a celebration of drums and dance. This year’s new show, dubbed Sword of Wisdom adds in the sounds of wooden and metal percussion to its traditional drumming. Together with Gurdjieff sacred dance movements, U-Theatre brings the percussion genre to a whole new level. Tickets to the June 28th one-night only performance are now on sale, with prices ranging from 100 to 880 RMB. Call 1569 512 2660 (EN&CN) or send an e-mail to for ticket booking with free delivery in designated Suzhou delivery zones.
    The pronunciation of the letter “U” is similar to the word meaning “excellence” in the Chinese language. In ancient China, the same word also meant “performers”.
    The Zen masters in China over a thousand years ago had said that a true artist must combine “Tao” (self-improvement) with “skill” (the learning and maturity of art). The U-people believe that the combination of Tao and skill is the goal of their life and artistic creation.
    Founder and Artistic Director   Liu Ruo-Yu
    Born in 1956, a leading theatrical performer in the early 1980s and a native of Taiwan, Liu Ruo-Yu earned her MA in Theatre Arts form New York University, and was selected for a year-long master class under Polish director Jerzy Grotowski. Her year with Grotowski changed her entire outlook and approach to life and clarified her understanding that a piece of theater work, in essence, was the expression of “an individual’s attitude toward life.” It became her fundamental approach to performance art.
    In 1988 Liu founded U-Theatre and introduced, together with Mr. Huang since 1993, novel facets of drumming meditation, and martial arts to create a series of original works integrated with a wide range of elements drawn from music, literature, drama, dance and ritual. These aesthetic syntheses have not only added another dimension to the Taiwanese expression in modern art, they have also earned U-theatre much acclaim and many invitations to perform internationally.
    In 2008 Liu was awarded the 12th Annual Taiwan National Award for Arts: Best Art Performer.
    Drumming Master / Music Director   Huang Chih-Chun
    Born in Malaysia, Mr. Huang has been a drumming and martial arts practitioner for over 30 years, and is known for his mastery in synthesizing these two disciplines into a new form of performing arts.
    After a number of spiritual journeys to India and Tibet, where he discovered an inner sanctuary through meditation and realized the wisdom of living in the present, he started to direct his strengths inward. His keen observations of everyday sounds and ability to transform them have enriched each performance with musical articulation that is both multi-dimensional and imbued with the energy of life.
    Mr. Huang joined U-Theatre in 1993 as Drumming Master. His unconventional training regime of “meditation before drumming” has both elevated the disposition of the troupe and laid down a solid foundation for a contemporary artistic expression uniquely characteristic of U-Theatre. Prior to joining U-Theatre, Mr. Huang performed with Taipei Folk Dance Theater and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.
    "Sword of Wisdom" conveys the power of solidity and tranquility, and is about the path the Brave One must take in his practice of moral teachings. He faces the unknowns of life, which result in fear, and this leads him to begin the search for wisdom. By holding on to the sword, the Brave One sees his own weakness, yet by holding on to the sword, he also finds the courage needed to confront life.
    Using the Brave One with a sword as an icon, U-Theatre selected chapters that best fit this theme from its international touring repertory of “Sound of the Ocean”, “Meeting with Bodhisattva”, and “A Touch of Zen.” The most prominent feature of “Sword of Wisdom” is the sounds of wooden and metal percussion that are added to the sound of drumming. Together with Gurdjieff Movements (the sacred dance), famous for its precision in movement, U-Theatre presents a higher level of drumming as an art.
    艺术总监   刘若瑀
    1988年创立「优表演艺术剧团(原优剧场)」,由民间 祭仪和民俗演艺的学习入手,以太极导引和身体能量的开发为训练基础,她深刻认为,那是「重新认识自己」的过程。
    音乐总监   黄志群


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