By Tatiana Ho
Based on those short moments of serenity in life, Beyond Time shows the importance of nature and peace through projections, traditional dance, and an assortment of percussion. Hosted by the Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Taiwanese production made it’s American debut on Friday, November 21. The production, presented by U-Theater (a name chosen by the Chinese sounding word “U” which translates to excellence), presents the audience with “nature’s” music through a selection of 15 unisex drummers and dancers.
Meant to “explore the relationship between man and the Universe”, founder Liu Ruo-yu draws her inspiration from her subconscious. A representation of Ruo-yu’s “dream-world” the dancers are presented with uniformity and impeccable synchronization that only attests to many rigorous practices. 4D presentations included ripples within the water, a hovering mist, and the white sun, which is used to create a sense of peace within the audiences themselves.
The concept of the “Universe and man” is a way to create a sense of connection outside of the normal egocentric mindset. Successful in it’s own right, Beyond Time is for audiences looking for a way of enjoying the “in-the-moment” feelings in life without needing much of a storyline to go with it. The collaboration between Golden Gongs and Symbols and stark black and white costumes wows the audience with a minimalistic take on artistic beauty without taking away from the main focus on the natural elements itself. All in all, Beyond Time sends a message of taking a second to enjoy the little things that surround you every now and again.