Encounter of Love Poems from the East and West
A Beautiful Love Epic Traveling Across Time and Space
Directed by Founder of the U-Theatre Liu Ruo-yu and composed by Berlin composer Christian Jost, Lover is a brand-new creation of music-dance-theatre of international collaborations that deals with the eternal motif of human emotions. Through Taichi’s Sanshou (aka. free hands), Liu Ruo-yu identifies the common language to express the uncertainty and ambiguity of desires between lovers. By the contrast of conservative Chinese poetry and E. E. Cummings’ passionate love poems, a universal value is found between the seemingly distinct, and even contradicted, perspectives to “love.”
Rundfunkchor Berlin, the three-time Grammy Award winner, is the collaborative partner of the Berlin Philharmonic, and has been highly acclaimed by many world-renowned conductors. With a team of nearly 100 persons, Rundfunkchor Berlin, along with the energetic percussion of the U-Theatre, presents a love epic that travels not only across time and space but also literature and music. After its stunning premiere in Germany in 2014, Lover has caused a great sensation in the world.
His opera Hamlet has been elected the “World Premiere of the Year 2009” in the German and Austrian region. Christian Jost has been commissioned by such leading orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Zurich Opera, and has been the resident composer of the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan.
Director/ Liu Ruo-yu
Founder and artistic director of the U-Theatre, Liu is dedicated to promoting the Contemporary Physical Training Method, that combines the embodiment of Tao (self-improvement) and Art (the learning of techniques and artistic skills) to train a versatile performer.