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Event & Entertainment


Asunder2 (支離破碎), by Crossover Dance Troupe (台北越界舞團), uses dance to investigate the ageless themes of lust, acceptance and forgiveness.

* Experimental Theater, Taipei (國家戲劇院實驗劇場)

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

* Tickets are NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing outlets

Castle Wall (宮牆) is a Taiwanese musical by Yage Theater (雅歌劇坊) that uses Western string instruments and Taiwanese opera vocals. Neither Western or Eastern but drawing on both traditions, the tale takes place thousands of years ago and tells the story of a tribe of Jews living in Asia facing persecution and a woman who uses her wits and courage to save them from destruction.

* Taipei Family Theater (台北市親子劇場), 2F, 1 Shifu Rd, Taipei (台北市市府路1號2樓)

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

* Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000 (Note: NT$500 to NT$1,000 tickets for today's performance have already sold out)

Irma la Douce (巴黎花街) by Godot Theater (果陀劇場) tells the story of a fired cop on the steamy streets of 1960s Paris, who falls in love with a prostitute named Irma la Douce, who he meets at a seedy bar called the Café Moustache. After killing off la Douce's pimp, the ex-cop takes his place and gradually loses all sense of reality as he becomes increasingly jealous of the hooker's Johns. A highlight of the performance is the acting talent of Chin Shih-jie (金士傑), who plays the role of the cafe owner.

* Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County (新竹縣文化局演藝廳), 146 Hsiencheng 9th Rd, Chupei City, Hsinchu County (新竹縣竹北市縣政九路146號)

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

* Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,400 and are available through


Taipei Salon (台北沙龍) is a series of lectures hosted by the Lung Ying-tai Cultural Foundation (龍應台文化基金會) brings speakers from around the world to focus on issues of democracy and globalization. The scheduled talk by New York Times columnist, Pankaj Mishra on Democracy in India in the age of Globalization has been canceled.

* Taipei Salon (台北沙龍) at .Yue-han Hall (月涵堂), 110 Jinhua St, Taipei (台北市金華街110號)

* Tomorrow beginning at 2pm

* Free, but participants must pre-register at

Classical Music

National Symphony Orchestra and The Poem of Fire Prometheus (國家交響樂團 — 燃燒的七彩鋼琴). Claimed to stretch the limits of tonality, the concert performed by the NSO under director Chien Wen-bin (簡文彬) will feature Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy. The first work of the program tonight will be Beethoven's Prometheus Overture. Op.43, written for the ballet of the same title — Beethoven's only complete ballet score. Also, Scriabin's Prometeus — The Poem of Fire, Op.60, though classified as an orchestral work, is almost a piano concerto due to the prominence of the instrument. Other works in tonight's program include Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy, Op.54 and Falla's Ritual Fire Dance from "El amor brujo." There will be a pre-concert talk by Wang Shih-chiang (王世強) in the lobby of the National Concert Hall 30 minutes prior to the concert.

* At the National Concert Hall, Taipei

* Tickets cost from NT$300 to NT$1,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

* Tonight at 7:30pm

National Symphony Orchestra Master Chamber Concert Series 3 (國家交響樂團名家室內樂3 — 俄羅斯鋼琴名家). World-renowned Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy will not only join the NSO to play Scriabin's Prometheus — The Poem of Fire, Op.60 tonight (see above), but in tomorrow's performance will collaborate with four NSO principal musicians, namely violinists Wu Ting-yu (吳庭毓) and Chen Yi-ju (陳怡茹), violist Grace Huang (黃瑞儀), cellist Lien Yi-hsien (連亦先), and clarinetist Ju May-lin (朱玫玲), to perform in three classical chamber music pieces, including Mozart's Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Viola, K.498, Shostakovich's Piano Trio No.2, Op.67, and Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81.

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