Breathless: The impressive series of barrel turns was one of UTheatre’s 'Meeting With Bodhisattva' highlights. - Photos SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star
Meeting With Bodhisattva was spellbinding in a Zen way.
BLENDING many art forms may or may not work but when done organically, the results can be extraordinary.
This was evident in Taiwanese art group U-Theatre of Taiwan’s Meeting With Bodhisattva show held at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, last Sunday.
Under the artistic direction of Liu Ruo-Yu and music director Huang Chih-Chun, the one-night performance packed up the venue. It debuted in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2002 and has since, travelled around the world, garnering rave reviews.
Through an enlightening whirlwind of athletic drumming, martial arts, Buddhist chanting, meditation and dance, Meeting With Bodhisattva tells the story of one man’s chance encounter with a deity (Bodhisattva or the god of wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism), whose only way to wisdom is through letting go.
When Bodhisattva descends earth after seeing the multitude of man’s foolishness, he transforms himself into a warrior (Huang) and enters people’s dreams.
In his journey into the unknown, the warrior is forced to face his fear, questioning everything and accepting anything that happens to him.