The Other Shore

Posted on February 19th, 2009 by

The Other Shore, a play written by Gao Xingjian, will be performed on campus by the Gustavus Theatre and Dance department this weekend.  The Other Shore is a non-realistic play that explores the questions of individuality, community, and freedom.

The play was partly chosen in accordance with the themed learning Global Insight Program, which is focusing on China for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Students have been rehearsing for the play throughout January (a unique perk of Gustavus’s J-term).  Typically, the actors would meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m.  I am sure their large commitment will pay off, and can’t wait to see the show this Friday.

My experiences with the theater department at Gustavus have only been positive.  I am able to make 1-2 shows per year, and I always leave the theater quite impressed.  I think the real value of attending theater performances at GAC is that one is able to step outside of their daily tasks and participate (to a degree) in something beautiful and challenging.  A welcome break from classes indeed.


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