Narrating tales through drums and martial arts
A group from Taiwan is set to stage a theatre act with a difference: using drums and martial arts instead of dialogue.art and culture Updated: Dec 22, 2014 20:10 IST
Silent theatre, ballets and musicals have often substituted dialogue in a theatre with silence, dance and songs respectively. On similar lines, the Taiwanese theatre group, U Theatre, will narrate tales through drums and martial arts. Founded in 1988 by Ruo-Yu Liu, U Theatre believes that drum sounds convey messages most eloquently, and are the best dialogue they can offer to the audience.
Huang, the music director of the group, tells us about the special act they have in store for their performance at Mood Indigo, an upcoming city college festival. "We have designed a show that tells the story of a brave individual who discovers his own worried mind, and is determined to get rid of the troubles and aims to enter the realm of Tao (self-improvement)," says Huang.
In order to ace their act, the artistes undergo a lot of physical and strenuous training including Gurdjieff Movements and trekking. Throwing light on what goes into the making of their highly synchronised performance, Huang says, "We usually practise for eight hours every day for five days a week. A lot of emphasis is laid on marking on stage, blocking and sound check, since it's a highly technical act," says Huang.
In order to ace their act, the artistes undergo a lot of physical and strenuous training including Gurdjieff Movements and trekking
This is not Huang's first visit to India; in fact, the artiste believes that his earlier travels have inspired him to compose the show. "India puts much emphasis on spirituality. My visits to the country have made me curious. Somehow, the roots of our performance lie here," he says.
One of the most essential things about the 30-member performance is the use of a Chinese weapon called 'gun', which resembles a long stick. The troupe is bringing their own equipment, which is being transported by sea.
Throwing light on how IIT Bombay got in touch with U Theatre, Apratim Sinha, events department, Mood Indigo, says, "Last year, our theme was Oriental Quest, for which we had connected with a lot of artistes from the East. A street artist from Taiwan had recommended U Theatre to us. When we did our research, we found that they are a rage in Taiwan. And we finally got in touch with them this year."
U Theatre will perform on December 27, at IIT Bombay Campus, Powai, 10.30 pm onward.