Sound of the Ocean (75 minutes, available for touring)
Premier: Avignon Festival, France (1998)


Creative Team
Artistic Director
Ruo-Yu Liu
Music Director
Chih-Chun Huang
Set / Lighting Designer
Keh-Hua Lin
Costume Designer
Tim Yip
Drum and Gong Stands Designer
Rahic Talif
Iki Tadow
Chiou-Yen Liao
Actors & Actresses

These young, handsome, muscular, shaven-headed performers bear a stronger resemblance to military recruits than to monks -- despite their costumes. Their discipline is military and their virtuosity spectacular. We cannot but admire their performance.
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Is it drama, a musical performance, or dance? All seem apt when describing this performance. This is a theater without personae, but with performers; without dramatic lines, but with poetic scansions; and without dialogue, but with chants. The music, seemingly neither composed nor improvised, is performed simply as duets between drums and gongs.

The Sound of the Ocean, presented by U Theatre from Taiwan, is, according the buzz around Avignon, ¡¥the best performance of the festival¡¦. It is a piece of contemporary music played by lay monks. Performers are concurrently actors, dancers, and athletes ¡K
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Sound of the Ocean, a monumental work about water, was originally created in 1998 to celebrate U Theatre's 10th Anniversary for a performance at the world-renowned French Festival d'Avignon. Sound of the Ocean tells of the¡§water of life, which nourishes our souls.¡¨ The music and drumming and movement simulate the remarkably diverse and distinctive sounds of water in its five sections: ¡§Collapse¡¨, ¡§Flowing Water¡¨, ¡§Breakers¡¨, ¡§Listening to the Ocean Heart¡¨, and Sound of the Ocean as individual drops gather together to form a stream and streams create a river which eventually rushes into the ocean.

Sound of the Ocean is not a narrative drama performance. There is neither storyline, nor dialogue. It simply and abstractly expresses the conception of ¡§water¡¨. The audiences do not need to seek storyline from it, but to feel the flowing of water. The flowing of water represents the journey of life, and each audience is set to experience their own life¡¦s story right there, and response themselves to Sound of the Ocean. Sound of the Ocean is a sharing, between the performers and the audiences ¡V sharing life, sharing continuous moments and sharing the present.