Water Heavens by Tan Dun
Ⅰ.Dialogue of Monks and Bach
Ⅱ.Water Rock and Roll
Ⅲ.String Quartet and Pipa
Ⅳ.Four Seasons of Zen
The show lasts approximately 60 minutes.
A stream of water flows into the hall forming a pool. The pool of water is surrounded by the audience and from it emerges the stage of Water Heavens. In this ancient house, a drop of water falls through the oculus from high above and up rises the music dialogue between Zen and Bach. Water Rock and Roll dances with a string quartet and pipa joins together with Buddhist chanting.
In Water Heavens,music can be seen and architecture can be heard.
Water Heavens is situated on the riverbank opposite an ancient Buddhist Temple. The world-renowned Japanese architects of Isozaki Studio, in conjunction with composer Tan Dun, designed Water Heavens. The performance hall is two stories high with a uniquely domed roof.
Both the structural pillars and the metal floor can be played as a musical instrument. The center pool can be used not only as a stage, but also as a seating area for the audience. Though the structure contains many unique functions,the architectural appearance still incorporates the ancient style of the water town.