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The Journey of Bach is Heart Sutra

  • Bach is Heart Sutra was brought on stage in 2009,2018, and 2020. Directed and designed by Mathias Woo, the premiere and the first re-run invited Korean Cellist Yoohong Lee and Hong Kong pianist KJ Wong to be part of the creative team. Bach is Heart Sutra‘s inspiration comes from the famous saying, “All reality is a phantom, and all phantoms are real” from the Heart Sutra. Together with Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites, the performance infuses Buddhism and theatrical production to cleanse the soul with art.

    Cross-disciplinary multi-media theatre pioneer Mathias Woo came across Heart Sutra when he worked with Taiwanese calligrapher Tong Yang Tze – Woo, who is known for utilising multi-media technology in stage productions, turned Heart Sutra into motion graphic in a projection installation. In the modern days, technology is often used to create stimulation; Woo wishes to utilise technology to create a meditative space, to bring mindfulness and modern slow living with state-of-the-art technology.

    Bach is Heart Sutra (2020) innovate classics with theatre technology, bringing the audience into a mirrored space to experience the hymn of The Heart of The Prajna-Paramita Sutra and the music of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Each session is limited to four audiences to immerse in an “emptied” mirrored phantom. Construct a spiritual universe with music, projection, and space, create a gentle sensory fiesta, and transmit the healing power of the theatre.

  • “The show cleanses the thoughts of the heart, with rich spatial design and projection effects. Music helped to create the atmosphere for Heart Sutra hand copying.”
    Prof. Tseng Sun Man

    “Other than calling it as a performance or a theatre,
    It should rather be described as an experiential space that let us face ourselves.”

    “Well-though light and sound installation. Impressive projections.”
    Dr Ernest Ng Chi Hin. Chief Executive Officer, Tung Lin Kok Yuen

    “It is a unique experience. I’ve never written Sutra in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Along with the music, my mind calms and stops. I was immersed into the performance and felt like I am part of the art piece.”
    Kenneth Fok Kai Kong, JP

    “A cosmos of soul was built through various technologies. Sound, images, sensations are presented in an ingenious way.”

  • Mathias Woo Arts Tech Theatre Installation: Bach is Heart Sutra

    Mathias Woo Arts Tech Theatre Installation: Bach is Heart Sutra
    Immersive Theatre              Walking Meditation
    2021.4.23-24 (Fri-Sat)             2021.5.8-15 (Sat-Sat)
    Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre    Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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