2015 W-Soul 武魂

SYNOPSIS

The Soul, everyone has a different interpretation for it; be it a spiritual dimension, a sign of purity, or even something invisible and everlasting.

W-Soul: these words may be seen as a symbol to transcend our limits and beyond, as such is the road of Wushu artist. Progressing from the fundamental to the advanced, Wushu becomes one with the arts while seeking tranquility and enlightenment. There are two paths from here: “understanding through contact” or “meditation through seclusion”.

However, are the young Wushu artists pursuing a form of higher spirituality? Or did they adopt another fashion in conveying their beliefs? Startled souls flee at the sound of the drum; what meaning is there in setting sights on this empty body? Questioning beats from the drum begin to loop, testing the spirit residing in our hearts and minds; if the soul could be suspended in space and time, it would bring magnificence to the aesthetic philosophy of Wushu and dance.

This work deviates from the usual narrative technique used; instead a variant perspective is explored. Expanding the possibilities in converging Wushu, dance, percussion and multimedia through minimalism, we can now delve deeper into the facets of soul. W-Soul conveys the powerful spirit and breathtaking feats of Wushu artists.

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简介

灵魂,对于每个人都有不同的解读方式,它可以是鬼魅、圣洁、虚幻,也可以是精神超脱的依归。

武魂——从字面意义是境界追求的精神符号,是武学道路上最初的技艺学习到对人的意志磨炼,从而转化为道与艺的结合,探寻虚静与不争,这是入世也是出世。

但对新世代武者而言,是否在追求灵性的觉知?抑或选择另一种态度传达信仰的辩证。舞台上一棒槌下的鼓声如当头棒喝,惊愕灵魂已经出窍,观照自我虚假傀儡的肉体是何意?一棒接一棒的叩问,魂魄似的精神;生于心存于念,倘若能停格在“时空与空间”成为不朽,它将是武亦舞另一种美学高度。

此作品不以叙事手法为创作蓝本,多了一份癫覆,发展武术、舞蹈、击鼓与影像的结合,并以极简主义由虚入实,探索“魂”的不同面向。武魂即是武者精神的震撼力量。