Spotlight on New Circus will present astounding new circus performances such as Cirque Baroque's Ningen and music at the plaza between the National Theater and National Concert Hall. See www.ntch.edu.tw/pro/new-circus for more information about the performances.
* Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Plaza
* All performances are free except for Ningen, which costs NT$600. Tickets for the show can be purchased through NTCH ticketing
* Today, tomorrow and Sunday
Carmina Burana (布蘭詩歌) by Neo-Classic Dance Company was first performed to much acclaim in 1993 and has now been updated for audiences of the Taipei Arts Festival.
* Da-an Forest Park, Taipei
* Tomorrow at 8:00pm
* Admission is free
Kimbo (胡德夫), Hsiao Mei (小美), Hani (李智偉) and other Aboriginal artists and bands signed with the Wild Fire record label are scheduled to give a charity concert for the Hope group, organized by a group of Taipei American School mothers to help an orphaned child with special needs. Hope's first effort, a bazaar in a friend's house, raised money for a three-year-old child suffering from cerebral palsy. Last year's jazz concert raised money for a one-year-old with the same condition. The Hope Charity Concert 2006: Beautiful Haiyan will help raise money for the construction of libraries for four Aboriginal schools in Pingtung, Taitung and Hualien counties.
* Guy Lott Auditorium at Taipei American School, located at 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6, Taipei (台北市中山北路六段800號). NT$500 and NT$1,000 tickets are sold out. Those interested in making a donation can e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Sunday at 7pm
Tellus Theatre Acting Workshop, under Thalie Theatre director Daniel, will be held starting this Sunday. These workshops will deal with basic acting technique and preparation. The workshops cost NT$2,200 or NT$1,600 for students. Former members of the Thalie Theatre will only be charged NT$1,000. More information can be obtained at the Tellus Web site at www.wretch.cc/blog/tellus. Enquiries can also be directed to email@example.com, or call Leslie at 0939-872-083.
Rent, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, is coming back to Taiwan with three performances scheduled for Dec. 8, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 2.
Based on Giacomo Puccini's 1896 opera, La Boheme, with lyrics and music by Jonathan Larson, the musical debuted in New York in February 1996, and ever since has enjoyed worldwide popularity.
The story follows one year in the life of a group of friends living in New York's East Village in 1990. The characters are impoverished artists affected by the then-emerging HIV epidemic and are caught up in unconventional relationships — a tale that mirror's the show's co-creator Jonathan Larson's own life. Larson had an on-again, off-again relationship with a dancer who ultimately left him for a woman. His own roommate became the inspiration for the lead character's roommate, the HIV-positive musician and former junkie Roger. Larson's childhood friend became the inspiration for Angel, Rent's HIV-positive drag queen street musician.
The show last came to town in February this year and included Karen Mok on the billing.
* Tickets are on sale now. For a list of outlets visit www.bbh.com.tw or call (02) 2341-9898.
* At Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 2 (台北市世貿二館), 3 Sunglien Rd, Taipei (台北市松廉路3號) on Dec. 8, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 7:30pm with a matinee performance on Dec. 9 at 2:30pm
Theatrical Concert “Le Mysterieux Voyage” (神祕之旅音樂劇) created and directed by Jean-Claude Meurisse with photographer Robin and director Venturini will be performed in Taipei tonight. This event is part of an international tour titled Bons Baisers de Jules Verne (With Love from Jules Verne) which commemorates the centenary of the writer's death. The concert will take place around the world through the organization of the Alliances Francaise (法國文化協會). The musical The Mysterious Voyage is a veritable musical adventure, including ballads, jazz, boogie, rock, and classical airs, all passing through traditional a capella music. This show is suitable for the whole family.
* At the Hua Shan Cultural Park (華山創意文化園區)
* Tickets can be obtained free of charge from the Alliance Francaise in Taiwan (www.alliancefrancaise.org.tw)
* Tonight at 7:30pm
NSO Master Chamber Concert Series: Brass Master Stefan Dohr's French Horn Concert (名家室內樂:柏林銅管名家史蒂芬．多爾). The lineup of musicians will include violinists Li I-ching (李宜錦) and Teng Hao-tun (鄧皓敦), violists Grace Huang (黃瑞儀) and Lu Meng-san (呂孟珊), cellist Lana Hsiung (熊士蘭), bassist Fu Yung-ho (傅永和), French hornists Dohr and Huang Jen-hsien (黃任賢), oboist Lin Li-yueh (林麗玥), and pianist Lin Hui-ying (林慧英). Dohr has been the principal horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra since 1993 and has worked with many great maestros. The concert program will include Mozart's Horn Quintet, K.407 and Divertimento, K.251 and Brahms' Trio for Piano, Violin, and Horn, Op.40.