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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)
    E-Mail: SuzhouTicketing@gmail.com
    [ 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
    Synopsis:
    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 SuzhouTicketing@gmail.com 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.
     
    Synopsis
    "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.
     
    优人神鼓-优表演艺术剧团创立于1988年,是由刘若瑀、黄志群和一群专精表演艺术的优人所组成的艺术团体。「优」在中国传统戏曲的意思是「表演者」。「优人」即表演的人。「神」是人在高度专注下,所进入的一种宁静、无我的状态。「优人神鼓」亦即「在自己的宁静中击鼓」。
     
    艺术总监   刘若瑀
    1956年出生于台湾,1980年代初为兰陵剧坊主要演员,因而被团员昵称为「兰姐」,当时的代表作为《荷珠新配》。曾主持中视「小小脸谱」,荣获金钟奖「最佳儿童节目主持人」。
     
    1984年获美国纽约大学剧场艺术硕士,来年获波兰剧场大师果托夫斯基遴选、接受为期一年的专业训练,开启了她生命本质的探寻之旅。返国后,决定从东方人的精神出发,探讨内在心灵世界。返国后,带起前卫小剧场风潮,在剧场界深具影响力。
     
    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。
     
    1993年,与黄志群合创「优人神鼓」,将击鼓、静坐与武术融入创作中,开创剧团新的风貌。曾率团两度云脚台湾,远赴印度、西藏,以行者的脚步带领优人走上『道』『艺』合一之路
     
    近来更进入新的转化,将击鼓的表现形式给予新的转化,并着重开发于表演者内在质地的提升以及将音乐、剧场和舞蹈融于一炉的种种尝试。
     
    音乐总监   黄志群
    1965年出生于马来西亚,六岁开始学习击鼓,十岁正式拜师于怡保精武体育会学习中国武术,浸淫在武术与击鼓的世界超过二十年。
     
    毕业于国立台湾体院,曾加入台北民族舞团及云门舞集,随团巡演于欧洲、美国和非洲等许多国家。1993年初次到印度,学习静坐及「活在当下」的智能,从此多次进出印度与西藏,探寻心灵的故乡。
     
    1993年受刘若瑀之邀,合创优人神鼓,担任击鼓指导,以「先学静坐,再习击鼓」的方式,改变了剧团体质,奠定了优人以击鼓与武术为表演形式的基底。他认为,表演和打坐的境界并无二致,都是「活在当下」,「表演不是向外投射的力量,而是内在的自我探寻。
     
    音乐创作上虽非科班出身,却以其禅修定力编作出《流水》、《崩》、《冲岩》等令人赞叹的鼓曲。团员们都称他『阿襌(ㄉㄢ)师父』,其击鼓之神韵与技巧,堪称现代华人年轻击鼓艺术家之翘楚。
     
    《勇者之剑》传达的是一种安定与宁静的力量,是个关于成为勇者所必经的修行之路。勇者面对生命的未知而产生了恐惧,进而寻找智慧,向上提升而除去烦恼,最后找到定静的力量。这位勇者因为持剑,看到了自己的怯弱;也因为持剑,他找到了面对生命的勇气,象征一个人孤独地面对自我时,向苍天发出最深的问。每个人的生命过程总会遇到阻碍、挫折,如何度过难关要靠内在的力量。这部作品呈现的是,当优人面对自己内在最深的未知时,用击鼓,让鼓声如棒喝,在棒起、棒落间探讨生命的起落与幻灭,期许自己面临挑战时,能够克服并不断地超越。
     
    优人神鼓从创立开始,便走着一条勇敢之路,艺术总监刘若瑀亲炙大师果托夫斯基,带着师承的理念,回到出生的土地,在最原始的自然山林中开发自我,在乡野民俗之中,找寻文化的源头,在一步一步踏在泥土上的脚印当中,蓄积起巨大的力量,再藉由鼓、藉由拳、藉由土地给予灵感,完成了一出又一出,充满着台湾味,又具备世界观与当代美学的独特作品。我们无畏无惧的坚持勇气来自智慧之剑,而智慧之剑是我们的土地母亲-台湾的赐予。
     
    以手持智慧之剑的勇者为图像,优人神鼓自历年来巡回国际的经典大作《听海之心》、《金刚心》以及《禅武不二》之中,精选切合题旨的篇章,加以重新编排,起承转合巧妙串连,自成一部结合鼓艺、武术、戏剧、舞蹈和音乐的完全剧场作品,也是让观众一次饱览优人创作历程的最佳机会:从《听海之心》时代,优人注重身体训练以培养出强韧的耐力与定力;经过《金刚心》阶段,为身体训练加上情感信心;直到《禅武不二》,智慧开启的阶段。透过《勇者之剑》,优人以「鼓艺」与「勇气」对话;借着《勇者之剑》,优人用「剧场」的语言与「生命」交织………
     
    本剧在延续以往作品抽象叙事的剧场特色外,最大的特点在于优人对击鼓方式以及乐句安排的创新:鼓声之外,还加入木制与金属等不同乐器的声响,让音乐的层次更加细致且变化丰富,同时亦融入了长棍击鼓,与以动作精准著称的神圣舞蹈,此为优人提升击鼓艺术的新创举。为求动作精准,演出者必须全神贯注,心神合一;他们的心思必须更细致,对音乐的掌握也必须更敏锐。
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