Human Condition (人間條件), Green Ray Theater’s (綠光劇團) newest play, centers on the life of a 17-year-old girl who rebels against her dysfunctional family’s listless existence. One day, the grandmother’s spirit returns and possesses her teenage granddaughter.
▲Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Hsuehshi Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)
▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Tickets for Godot Theater Company’s (果陀劇場) much-anticipated Chinese-language production of Shakespeare’s Othello (針鋒對決) are running out fast. The production features accomplished Taiwanese stage actors Lee Li-chun (李立群) and Chieh Shih-jie (金士傑).
▲Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd, Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$4,000, available through NTCH ticketing (Note: NT$1,000 and NT$1,500 tickets are sold-out)
The Fifth Chinese Character Festival (第五屆漢字文化節), which aims to promote the use of Chinese characters and is organized by the Council for Cultural Affairs (文化建設委員會), ends on Sunday at Huashan Culture Park in Taipei City. This weekend’s performance, Welcoming the Spring of the Year of the Ox (迎春牛逼), looks at the significance of the coming Chinese zodiac .
▲Plum Wine Factory (烏梅酒廠), Huashan Culture Park (華山創意文化園), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$200, available through tickets.books.com.tw or by calling (02) 2782-1100
The Village (寶島一村) takes a nostalgic look at Taiwan’s veteran villages through the lives of three families, from 1949 to the present day. Television producer Wang Wei-chung (王偉忠) teams up with respected director Stan Lai (賴聲川) to produce a dramatic and humorous work about the communities that did much to shape modern Taiwan.
The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil is coming to town with its production Alegria, which starts next Wednesday and runs until Feb. 22. The show marks the award-winning circus’ first-ever performance in Taiwan. Each of the 56 shows are already sold out as the relatively expensive ticket prices, which ranged from NT$1,900 to NT$7,000, did not deter Taiwanese fans, according to a Central News Agency report.
Alegria, the Spanish word for joy, features a world where fantasy and magic are a part of daily life. The two-and-a-half hour show has a cast of 50 performers from 17 countries who engage in acrobatics, aerial acts, contortion and clowning. Alegria’s music, which will be performed by a live band and singers, has also earned wide critical acclaim. The production is setting up camp at vacant space in Shilin (士林), and the performance will take place under its Grand Chapiteau (“Big Top”), a large tent that holds an audience of 2,500 people and requires eight days of set-up time.
Those who missed out on the chance for tickets can keep their hopes up for next year — organizers say they hope to bring Cirque du Soleil back, although details have yet to be confirmed.
▲Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, at the corner of Chengde (承德) and Jihe (基河) roads, next to the National Taiwan Science Education Center (國立台灣科學教育館), at 189 Shishang Rd, Taipei City (台北市士商路189號)
▲For more information visit their Web site at www.cirquedusoleil.com (English) or www.cirquedusoleil.tw (Chinese)
▲Show runs from Jan. 14 to Feb. 22. Tickets are sold out
Tomorrow at Taipei Artist Village (台北藝術村) video and sound artist Alice Hui-sheng Chang (張惠笙) participates in Telematic Skip, an experimental music show featuring performers and musicians in Taipei, Chicago and Boston. The participants will perform simultaneously in an improvised concert using live audio and video feeds. Chang refers to the event as a “Skype improv concert.”
Chang will give a vocal performance with cellist Lin Hui-chun (林惠君) and dancer Elita Lin (林姿吟). Using a Web cam and an Internet video and audio connection, they will interact with musicians at the music venue Brown Rice in Chicago and art space Mobius in Boston.
Musicians include Brent Gutzeit, Dan Godston, Steve Maxwell Jr and Patrick Dinnen in Chicago, and Jane Wang, Tom Plsek, Lewis Gesner, Bob Raymond and Grant Smith in Boston.
The show runs for approximately
one hour and will be streamed online at www.ustream.tv/channel/brown-rice-music.
▲Tomorrow at noon at the 3rd Floor Piano Room (3F鋼琴室), Taipei Artist Village (台北藝術村), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號). Tel: (02) 3393-7377
▲Entrance is free
▲On the Net: www.huishengchang.com
▲Chiayi Performing Arts Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心), 265, Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號)
▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,800, available through NTCH ticketing (Note: NT$400 to NT$1,800 tickets are sold-out)
The Little Matches Girl (賣番仔火的小女孩) by Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company (台原偶戲團), tells the story of a greedy grandmother who forces her granddaughter to work in a factory that makes matches. The girl befriends a little boy and together they discover that the matches are alive. One night, a disaster threatens the lives of both children and their match friends.
▲Nadou Theater (納豆劇場), 79 Xining N Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧北路79號)
▲Tomorrow at 3pm
▲Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing
Piano Music From Formusica — New Piano Compositions by Taiwanese Composers (大音希聲 — 2009新台灣音樂鋼琴作品發表會) showcases recent works by 10 Taiwanese composers.
▲Today at 7:30pm
▲National Recital Hall, Taipei City
▲Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Taipei National University of the Arts Autumn/Winter Concert Series (國立臺北藝術大學2008秋冬系列音樂會) concludes its traditional Chinese music component with three concerts this weekend.
▲Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Taipei National University of the Arts Concert Hall (國立臺北藝術大學展演藝術中心音樂廳), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Beitou Dist, Taipei City (台北市北投區學園路1號)