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SiZhuKong performs tomorrow at Witch House.



Tomorrow at Witch House (女巫店), SiZhuKong (絲竹空爵士樂團) brings its fusion of modern jazz and traditional Chinese music to the stage. The six-piece ensemble uses instruments such as the ruan (阮) and the erhu (二胡) as solo voices on top of the standard jazz rhythm section of piano, drums and bass. “Music is emptiness … music is not meant to be controlled or manipulated,” the band writes on its Web site in reference to its name, which translates as “silk,” “bamboo” and “emptiness.” Pianist Yuwen Peng (彭郁雯), who received the Toshiko Akiyoshi Award for jazz composition while studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, started the group. SiZhuKong made an appearance earlier this year at Indonesia’s Java Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz gatherings in the world. On the Net:

■Witch House (女巫店), 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號)

■Tomorrow at 9:30pm, doors open at 9pm. Call (02) 2362-5494 or visit

■Admission is NT$300 at the door


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Wu Chun-hsien.


Dancers are filling the stages at the National Theater building this weekend as the NTCH’s Dance into Spring series resumes with a double-bill. Taipei’s famed Neo-Classic Dance Company (新古典舞團) will perform six of founder/artistic director Liu Feng-shueh’s (劉鳳學) best-known works, including Sparks and Ambushed From All Sides. In the Experimental Theatre, Double C, founded by former Cloud Gate Dance Theatre member Wu Chun-hsien (吳俊憲) and his wife/partner Chrystel Guillebeaud, will perform Wu’s quirky 2006 work, Reflex. Wu and Cuillebeaud were last seen in the Experimental Theater as part of the line-up of the Duet Dance Festival 2007 last spring.

■Neo-Classic Dance Company (新古典舞團), National Theater, Taipei City

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

■Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing

■Double C, Experimental Theater

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

■Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing


Taiwan’s underground economy now includes a bizarre new product: caged people. People of the Cage (匡匡人•硬著陸), a new performance by Ghostdoll Theater Company (鬼娃株式會社劇團), tells the story of three brothers who try to earn a living by selling caged people — a popular product in Taiwan because they can be used as slaves, friends or lovers — on the black market. When their business begins to fail, the brothers hatch a desperate plot to keep afloat.

■Red House Theater (紅樓劇場), 10 Chengdu Rd, Wanhua Dist, Taipei City (台北市萬華區成都路10號)

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

■Tickets are NT$450, through NTCH ticketing

I Hope This Letter Brings You Happiness (收信快樂) by Off Performance Workshop (外表坊時驗團) tells the story of two people exchanging letters over a 40-year period, their experiences and loves.

■Huashan Cultural and Creative Industry Center (華山創意文化園區), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)

■Today, tomorrow and Sunday at 8pm

■Tickets are NT$500, through NTCH ticketing

Hard-hitting social commentary tinged with moral themes is a trademark of the plays written by the late Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. Taiwan’s Tellus Theater continues its adaptation of Arrabal’s work with Guernica Picnic on the Battlefield, which combines two of the master playwright’s works and investigates what it means to live through war. The play is in English.

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