Sound of the Ocean
1998 France, Brazil, Taiwan / 2000 Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong / 2001 France, Italy / 2002 Norway, UK / 2003 USA / 2005 Russia / 2006 Venezuela / 2008 USA, Taiwan / 2009 Israel, Estonia, Belgium, Taiwan, Hong Kong / 2010 Shanghai, USA, Canada / 2011 New Zealand, Mexico, Taiwan / 2012 Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy / 2014 Netherlands, Italy, USA / 2016 China / 2017 China, Austria
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 – sharing life, sharing continuous moments and sharing the present.