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The Mountain Theater of U Theatre

Phone:886-2-23491500 Address:116 116 No. 30, Lane 26, Laoquan St., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City
The Mountain Theater of U Theatre occupies an area of more than 1000 pings (approx. 3300 m2) in the Laoquan Village on Mt. Laokeng. It was founded by U Theatre rsquo;s artistic director Liu Ruo-Yu to practice for the Mountain Project pioneered by Jerzy Grotowski a Polish icon of experimental theatre. This facility is expected to enable the U Theatre performers to merge drumming meditation and Chinese martial arts in a serene setting away from the downtown bustle. It is worth noting that the performers built their own rehearsal area by laying down the wooden structures and crossties. The Mountain Theater consists of two parts: a wooden house for the performers rsquo; meditation sessions and drumming practices that is off-limits to visitors without reservations and an open stage for commercial performances and rehearsals which is open to the public. This one and only mountaintop amphitheater in Taiwan that overlooks the Taipei Basin; it attracts many hikers and sightseers even on busy weekdays. In 2007 Taipei City rsquo;s Cultural Heritage Review Committee decided to list the venue as a cultural landscape the following year for such contribution as ldquo;a culturally significant display of human-nature interactions rdquo; ldquo;a historical cultural artistic or scientific value that is commemorative representative or distinctive rdquo; ldquo;period-specific or of social importance rdquo; and ldquo;rarity rdquo;.
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