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Theater


Lee Ching-chao (李清照), a Yue-style opera performed by the Nanjing Yue Opera Company (南京越劇團) and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra (台北市立國樂團). The opera tells the story of the Song Dynasty poetess Lee Ching-chao, and features Tao Qi (陶琪) and Hua Jie (華潔), both regarded as first-class performers in this genre. The Yue-style of opera is sung in the dialect of the Shaoxing region of Zhejiang Province. This performance is part of the 2006 Taipei Traditional Arts Festival and will be performed at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yenping S Rd, Taipei (台北市延平南路98號).

● Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing or from the venue.

● Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm

Thunder Storm (雷雨), by the Beijing People's Art Theater (北京人民藝術劇院). The play, a classic of early modernism, is by China's foremost playwright Cao Yu (曹禺), and is a showcase of Chinese writers in the early part of last century coming to grips with modern Western drama. The story of a decadent family falling apart, it is tinged with Marxism, but is dramatically strong enough have held its own over the years. At the National Theater, Taipei.

● Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000 and are available through NTCH.

● Everyday from Tuesday until June 4 at 7:30pm, with a 2:30pm matinee on June 4

Liang Gong Yin (良弓吟) a performance of the Holo Opera Company (河洛歌子戲團) of ge-zi opera. Ge-zi opera, which is regarded by many as the only form of opera

indigenous to Taiwan, has less sophistication that Beijing opera and other major regional styles, but makes up for it with humor and a relaxed, access-ible style of performance. At the Novel Hall (新舞台), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號).

UP COMING

Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, entered the gig circuit with Fridge, a post-rock band formed with fellow Londoners Sam Jeffers and Adem Ilhan. When university beckoned and the crew temporarily disbanded, Hebden embarked on an odyssey of electronica, which has seen him gain respect as an experimental artist in Europe and especially in his native Britain. When Fridge was signed by a major label, Habden kept up Four Tet, and has built up an impressive remixology having reworked tracks by diverse artists such as Radiohead, Bloc Party, Beth Orton and Black Sabbath. Four Tet's sound is a mish-mash of samples taken from across the musical spectrum, mixed with his prowess on the guitar. Four Tet will play at The Wall on June 8 at 9pm. For more information, visit www.fourtet.net or www.silentagreement.com, or call (02) 89351454.

Advanced tickets are NT$500 and are on sale until June 6, otherwise tickets are NT$600.


● Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

● Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

The Qin Emperor and Meng Jiang (秦王與孟姜女),

a puppet performance by Chiang Tse-mei (江賜美), one of Taiwan's very few female puppetmasters. The play has become something of a classic and it is now being restaged with the assistance of up and coming puppeteers. The performance will be accompanied by beiguan (北管) music and incorporates some modern stage technology to make the show even more exciting. At the Red Playhouse (紅樓劇場), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei (台北市成都路10號).

● Tickets are NT$350 and are available at the door or through NTCH ticketing.

● Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

Music


NCO Elite Series: The Feast of Percussion Music (NSO精緻系列: 擊樂神話 獸之物語) will be staged at the National Recital Hall, Taipei. The National Chinese Orchestra (NCO) will present this vivid concert through animal images

and lively acting. In this show,

composers use traditional percussion instruments to create a spellbinding fairy tale.

● Tickets are NT$300 to NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

● Tonight at 7:30pm

Double Happiness — An Evening of Concerto for Flute and Harp by Flutist William Bennett and Harpist Shannon Chieh (雙囍—班柰特 解瑄協奏曲之夜) organized by Pink Moon Music Theater (粉月亮音樂劇場), which is known for its cross-media stage productions, at the National Concert Hall, Taipei. Chieh is former principal harpist with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and harp lecturer at the National Taiwan Normal University, and has been described as a "virtuoso soloist" and "a harpist with ravishing musicianship."

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