论舞蹈与佛教之间的共性 : 以云门舞集与《流浪者之歌》为个案 = Exploring the similarities between dance and buddhism : a case study on cloud gate dance theatre and songs of the wanderers
Pang, Cai Feng
Date of Issue2016-04-01
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
The understanding and interpretation of religion have morphed over the years as globalization and technology amalgamate with everyday lives. This has witnessed an increasing trend of artists expressing their views about religion through various forms of arts, or exhibiting pieces that are influenced by religious beliefs. The relationship between performing arts and religion has long existed before there were any formal records. In today’s world, it is undisputed that one of the more prominent performing arts groups that incorporate Buddhism in its performances is Taiwanese dance troupe, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (or Cloud Gate in short) debut its most popular performance, Song of the Wanderers in 1994 and it was well-received by audience and critics from all over the world. The piece was an adaptation from Siddhartha, a novel by German writer Hermann Hesse, after Cloud Gate’s founder cum artistic director Lin Hwai-min returned from his pilgrimage to Bodhgaya where Buddha gained enlightenment. Song of the Wanderers which reflected various Buddhism beliefs was said to be the quintessential of Lin’s life experiences and spiritual growth involving his retreat at Bodhgaya as well as his exposure to various religious rituals and ethnic dances. The novel "Siddhartha" was about the journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of Gautama Buddha. The interesting thing is that Siddhartha is also the name of Gautama Buddha before his enlightenment, and the experiences of Siddhartha are similar to that of Buddha. His journey also surfaced a few teachings in Buddhism which were translated into dance by Cloud Gate. The nature of dance is seemingly conflicting with the principles of Buddhism when the former is a material appearance while the latter advocates not being adamant about physicality or form. Both, however, are able to co-exist because of their similarities. This paper uses Cloud Gate’s piece, Songs of the Wanderers as a case study to analyse the similarity between dance and Buddhism.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University