Fri, Nov 30, 2007 - Page 14 News List



The first Taipei Salsa Festival features some of the world's most celebrated salsa artists.



EC Productions' (野墨坊) latest theatrical work Monolg, Page 37 - Struggling Puppet (獨白,第三十七頁-玩偶的怒吼) contemplates the meaning of existence through the life of a puppet.

▲ Experimental Theater (實驗劇場), 21-1 Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei City (台北市中山南路21-1號)

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

▲ Tickets are NT$450 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Heart of Ocean (海洋之心) is a diabolo dance performance by Diabolo Dance Theater (舞鈴劇場) that recreates for audiences the experience of life underwater.

▲ Chungli Arts Center (中壢藝術館音樂廳), 16, Chungmei Rd, Chungli City (中壢市中美路16號)

▲ Tonight at 7:30pm

▲ Tickets are NT$200 to NT$900 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

P.I.G by Morning Star Theater (晨星劇團) tells the story of a how the inhabitants of a quiet village in the middle of a forest encounter a natural disaster and manage to pull through by pooling their resources.

▲ Yuanlin Performance Hall, Changhua County (員林演藝廳), 99, Ln 2, Chungcheng Rd, Yuanlin Township, Changhua County (彰化縣員林鎮中正路2巷99號)

▲ Tonight at 7:30pm

▲ Tickets are NT$200 to NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

GO, Assassination (暗殺Q3) is a whodunit mystery complete with a detective who excels in criminal psychology and the methods of interrogation, an informant and murder witness. As this is a play in the tradition of experimental theater, so expect the production to veer off from the detective story and comment on contemporary theatrical practices.

▲ National Cheng Kung University's Cheng Shing Hall (國立成功大學成杏廳), 1 University Rd, Tainan City (台南市大學路1號)


Distinguished performers and professional instructors from eight countries will lend Caribbean spice and charm to the Taipei Salsa Festival for the next two weekends.

Local salsa artists will lead the way with two warm-up parties tonight and Sunday night at Plan B and Brown Sugar, respectively.

Next Saturday and Sunday, international guests will hold 10 workshops on different types of salsa at Soochow University's (東吳大學) downtown campus from 10am to 5pm.

After the workshops will be performances by big-name salsa artists, including world champions, Oliver Pineda and Luda Kroitor from Australia, Lius Vazquez, who is credited with developing the LA style of salsa, and Knzo of Senegal at Tien Educational Center (耕莘文教院) from 8pm to 10pm.

Four types of festival passes are available and single performances cost NT$1,600 at the door.

For more information, visit

Plan B, 29-1, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段29號之1) and Brown Sugar, 101 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路101號)

▲ Tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 2:30pm

▲ Tickets are NT$400 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Long-term Taipei residents often remember with fondness the exotic China Plaza (中華商場) before it was torn down in the 1980s. The market has now become part of the setting for Ping Fong Acting Troupe's (屏風表演班) play Apocalypse of Beijing Theater (京戲啟傺?. The work combines writer/director Hugh Lee's (李國修) childhood experiences with the market as a backdrop, his relationship with his father and the day-to-day reality of running a theater group. Li's father was a famous haberdasher for Beijing opera companies, which allowed the writer free reign to explore the operatic tradition throughout the 20th century.

▲ Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Hsuehshi Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)

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

▲ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

Endless Love 2007 (不了情2007蔡琴台北演唱會), a concert of golden oldies by the queen of the genre, Tsai Chin (蔡琴), will follow the songstress' career from Shanghai, through Hong Kong to Taipei.

▲ Today and tomorrow 7:30pm

▲ Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心大會堂), 1, Xinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義路五段1號)

▲ Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$2,000 and are available through ERA ticketing

Za Ondekoza (鬼太鼓座) will bring its much imitated percussion performance on tour around Taiwan once again. The tour that started in Hsinchu on Wednesday, will see the Japanese percussion ensemble, which has superficial similarities to Taiwan's own U-Theater, rock the Chung Hsing University Huisun Auditorium (台中中興大學惠蓀堂) tonight, before continuing to Kaohsiung (tomorrow), Hualien (Tuesday), Taitung (Wednesday) and Chiayi (Thursday) before finishing up in Taipei on Dec. 8. The group tours internationally and has been recognized as one of the truly great and innovative percussion acts that has successfully brought ancient tradition into the modern world.

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