— Kevin Jackson Acting Studio

The Other Shore, by Gao Xingjian

iO Myers Theatre, March 6th – 10th, 2012

Presented by the Creative Practice and Research Unit at the School of English, Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW
iO Myers Theatre, UNSW Kensington Campus


THE OTHER SHORE offers a profoundly limitless meditation on the human species, its journey through time and the unceasing tension between our identity as individuals and that of being part of a collective.

The play begins with a game, demonstrating our interdependence on and independence of each other. Then begins a journey across the river to its other shore, where, in a state of complete loss of any past knowledge, we begin a meditation on the creation of humankind and its journey of evolution. This is a distinctly Eastern contemplation that has reminded us of the Western PILGRIM’S PROGRESS or the medieval mystery play EVERYMAN.

Writer Gao Xingjian was born in China in1940 and so lived through one of the great experiments in the organisation of the human species: that of Communist China. Ultimately, the tension between his self expression and the pressure to conform to the Chinese government placed him in an intolerable position. Since 1987 Gao has lived in self-exile in France. He is one of the great writers of his society, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000 for his novel SOUL MOUNTAIN.

We have found THE OTHER SHORE to be staggeringly complex: a Buddhist contemplation, perhaps, attempting to explicate who we are and what our evolution is as a conscious species. We, the company, have begun an exploration of this great text. It has been and still is a humbling experience and we are sure you will be confronted and inspired by it.

Translated by Gilbert C. Fong this production of THE OTHER SHORE is a first in Sydney (Australia). Recent films, THE TREE OF LIFE, MELANCHOLIA have been mainstream examinations of who we are and what our journey through time may be. This play, similarly, proposes a provocation for us all to ask questions of ourselves and our own collective society and our roles in it.

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