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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In Context: Beyond Time

U-Theatre’s Beyond Time comes to BAM on November 19. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #UTheatre.

Program Notes

Beyond Time (PDF)


“The School of Hard Walks” (
Initiation into the revered Taiwanese troupe includes a 36-mile walk.

On Taiko Drumming (
Translated from the Japanese, taiko means “great wide drum.”

Watch & Listen

A Snapshot of Taiwan’s U-Theatre (YouTube)
Watch clips from the Taiwanese troupe’s engrossing oeuvre.

On Gurdjieffian Movement Practice (YouTube)
U-Theatre took inspiration from the movement practices of the elusive spiritual teacher.

Trailer for The Drummer
U-Theatre is featured in the 2007 film featuring Tony Leung.

Now your turn...

What did you think? What aspect of U-Theatre’s hybrid approach to movement struck you the most? Were the minutes and seconds successfully thwarted? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #UTheatre.


  1. Beyond Time was so beautiful, absolutely stunning. In fact, I just got tickets to see it again tomorrow night. Loved it.

  2. I'm a big fan of this type of drumming. I've seen a lot of Taiko but this was delightfully different! It was a very visceral experience. You not only heard the performance but felt it. Inherently these instruments envelope your senses but Beyond Time utilized them so masterfully that they created an atmosphere of sound that stood on it's own. The choreography complemented the sounds perfectly while the reverberations moved you. I could enjoy this performance with my eyes open or closed. It was lovely. Thank you BAM

  3. This was among my wife's and my favorite performances at BAM, second only to James Thierrée's Tabac Rouge this season. We loved the combination of movement, sacred dance, drumming, singing, martial arts. The event was spiritual and evocative. We've been members of BAM for years and are very appreciative of such memorable events.


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