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The Seagull (海鷗), a classic play by the modern master of theater, Anton Chekhov, will be staged at the Nook Cafe by Tellus theater. The story follows the lives of four characters caught up in romantic and artistic struggles. The characters all identify with the seagull, which is used as a symbol of freedom from constraint.

*At Nook Cafe Theater (角落咖啡劇場), B1, 7-1, Lane 123 Songjiang Rd, Taipei (台北市松江路123巷7-1號B1). Tickets are NT$350 and can be reserved in advance by calling 0938-872-083

*Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

Give It Up! Kafka! (算了吧!卡夫卡) by Adam Ende is based on the short stories by Franz Kafka. The play is a collaboration between the leaders of the American theater company Jawbone Puppet Theater and Taiwan’s Party Group Theater. The play combines traditional European puppetry with innovative new styles and a little black humor thrown in for good measure. The atmosphere is made surreal by accordion accompaniment.

*At the Guling St Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號). Tickets are NT$350 and are available from Call (02) 3393-9888

*Today, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Classical music

Chou Chun-shiang Double Bass Recital — Baroque Music for Double Bass and Harpsichord (周春祥低音提琴獨奏會--巴洛克時代作品之夜) will be presented at the National Recital Hall. Chou is currently a double bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and has frequently been invited by the State Conservatory of Music in Munich to perform at the Double Bass Music Festival in Munich. Chou is noted for his brilliant performance techniques. Chou has invited Lin Yu-ling (林育伶) to play harpsichord. Chou’s double bass was made by Rocco Muratori in 1705, during the Baroque era. The program will include Giovannino del Violone’s Sonata in F Major, Handel’s Konzert in G Minor, Bach’s Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BWV1028, Pergolesi’s Sonata in G Major, and Eccles’ Sonata in G Minor.


Rapper and impresario Jay-Z will play a gig at the Taipei Arena (臺北巨蛋) on Oct. 21 as part of his Global Express World Tour! The CEO and president of Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records is one of the most successful rappers ever. Born Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn, New York, he was brought up the hard way as his dad abandoned his mother.

 He claimed to have sold drugs before starting his music career. He has released 13 albums and his 14th is coming out next month. He "retired" two years ago from performing but is back, bigger than ever.*Tickets are available from the Taipei Arena Web site at, and are priced from NT$800 to NT$3,500.

*At the National Recital Hall, Taipei

*Tickets are NT$400 and are available through ERA ticketing.

*Tonight at 7:30pm

National Symphony Orchestra 20th Anniversary Concerts: Opera Legend — the complete work of Der Ring des Nibelungen (國家交響樂團 20週年巨獻:歌劇神話--尼貝龍指環) will be performed at the National Concert Hall tonight and on Sunday as the last two of the four dramatic works Siegfried (齊格飛) and Gotterdammerung (諸神黃昏). Last weekend, the first two operas — Das Rheingold (萊茵黃金) and Die Walkure (女武神) — were well-received. The Ring cycle, a 16-hour masterpiece that took 26 years to complete, is one of Richard Wagner’s greatest works. The story, which is based loosely on northern European folk tales, follows the struggles of gods and humans over a magic ring that grants its owner dominion over the world. In this masterwork, Wagner describes his views on the relationship between gods and people, good and evil, and legend and reality. Wagner uses many orchestral motifs to represent certain concepts such as the power of love. These various motifs enable the orchestra to act as a narrator. For this debut in Taiwan, staging director Li Huan-hsiung (黎煥雄), staging visual director Wang Jun-jieh (王俊傑), voice coach and musical consultant Reinhard Linden, and chorus director Du Hei (杜黑) have teamed up with musical director Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬) and more than 200 outstanding musicians. Principal cast members include bass James Morris, one of the greatest interpreters of the role of Wotan in the 20th century, soprano Linda Watson, bass Hans-Peter Konig, and Endrik Wottrich from the Bayreuth Festival as well as sixteen local singers.

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