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The Global Soul

Key Words

Airports, Asia-Europe Collaboration, Asian Theatre, Body, Budapest IETM, Buddha, China, Connectivity, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Music, Contemporary Performance, Contemporary Theatre, De Internationale Keuze, Departure, Early Chinese Opera Song Dynasty, Electronic Music, France, Globalisation, House of World Cultures Berlin, Insomnia@ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Interweaving, Japan, Jet Lag, Juxtaposition, Kagok, Khon Opera, Korea, Korean Classical Court Singing, Liyuan Opera, Meditation, Mobility, Mortal Life, Multilingual Theatre, Multiplicities, Museumsquartier, Music Theatre, National Flags, Nigerian Ethnicity, Pico Iyer, Quanzhou, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Search For Home, Singapore, Singapore Arts Festival, Spiritualism, Sweden, Thai Ogre Mask Dance, Thailand, The Global Soul, Touring Production, Traditional Performing Arts, Transcendence, Transcultural Performance, Transdisciplinary Performance, Travel, Urban Fetishes, Urbanism, Victoria Theatre, Vienna Tanzquartier, Zurich Theatre Spektakel,


When Gautama Buddha, as a young prince, first saw the pains of the mortal world, he became alienated and strove to understand the spirit and soul beyond the diseased, the dead, the old and the wasted bodies. He flagellated his body by starving himself to a point where his backbone could touch his sternum, where his hair fell in patches whenever he touched them. He then realised that he needed a strong body to gravitate towards the spirit. Sitting under the bodhi tree, Gautama travelled the world in the depths of his imagination. Perhaps he was the first global soul; perhaps when we travel, when we search for home in our restless world today, sometimes we can touch him…

Inspired by Gautama Buddha and the musings of travel writer Pico Iyer, The Global Soul is a poignant tale of contemporary travellers in urban landscapes pursuing connection and contact. It embraces stories of Buddha, jet lag, airports, Liyuan opera (a thousand-year-old Chinese operatic form), and the meditative Korean classical court songs within a contemporary soundscape by Toru Yamanaka of Dumb Type. Contemporary mobility and ancient cultural treasures are brought together into this trip with no return ticket.

Presented as part of the International Festival of Rotterdamse Schouwburg 2003.



16 – 17 September 2003

Concept & Director: Collaborators & Performers: Video: Writer: Composer: Set Design: Light Design: Producer:
Tay Tong.
Technical Manager:
Peter Gohler.
Stage Managers:
Valerie Oliveiro, Vivian Lee.
Production Management:
Jean Yue.
Sound Engineer:
Michael Meliani.
Promotion & Publicity:
Traslin Ong.
Associate Composer:
Ishikawa Tomohisa.

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