Five troupes from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and China are staging productions at different venues in Taipei as part of the Seventh Chinese Drama Festival (第七屆華文戲劇節). Hong Kong Cinematic Theater’s (香港影話戲劇團) Waiting for the Match (獨坐婚姻介紹所) is composed of monologues by three men in a sealed room containing a video camera and a chair. In The Pop Star and the Orangutan (歌星與猩猩), by the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (上海話劇藝術中心), a pop singer has his brain transplanted into the body of an orangutan after a car accident. To prove his human identity, the orangutan escapes from a zoo and returns home, only to find lies and hypocrisy. And in Oscar et la Dame Rose (粉紅天使), a 10-year-old boy named Oscar battles cancer and rediscovers his love for his family in this production by Hong Kong Theater Space (香港劇場空間劇團).
▲Tonight at 7:30pm (Waiting for the Match), National Experimental Theater, Taipei City
▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm (The Pop Star and the Orangutan), Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yenping S Rd, Taipei City (台北市延平南路98號)
▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm (Oscar et la Dame Rose), Crown Art Center Theater (皇冠小劇場), 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路120巷50號)
▲Tickets are NT$500, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
In this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s semi-biographical novel Orlando, Robert Wilson’s minimalist aesthetic meets Wei Hai-ming’s (魏海敏) Beijing opera refinement in a challenging work that is bound to attract international attention.
▲National Theater, Taipei City
▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$600 to NT$3,600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A pioneering figure for traditional Japanese dance in Taiwan, Hsu Yeh-ching (許葉景) has been studying and teaching the style for more than a decade. In her latest work, Dance of Formosa (舞之蹄)Hsu integrates elements from different Japanese schools of dance with her own creative artistry. Artists from several renowned Japanese schools will perform with Hsu.
▲Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)
▲Tomorrow at 2pm
▲Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance by calling (02) 2716-0150
Divine Performing Arts, a New York-based Chinese dance and music company that aims to breathe new life into ancient Chinese art forms, brings to Taiwan its latest touring show of lavishly presented classical dance and music.
Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心), 1, Xinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義路五段1號)
▲Tonight and Monday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$5,000, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
The Taipei County Government’s Bitan Music Festival (碧潭音樂節) continues each weekend until March 29 with free outdoor performances at the scenic Bitan (碧潭) riverside area by Xindian MRT Station (新店捷運站). Tomorrow features world music sensation A Moving Sound (聲之動樂團). On Sunday, it’s Chinese music and jazz fusion group Sizhukong (絲竹空). For more information and full schedule, visit www.2009bmf.com.tw.
▲Bitan riverside area, just outside of Xindian MRT Station
▲3pm to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday
▲No admission fee
It’s Reggae Fever tonight at VU Live House, with Selectah Taro of Japan, who specializes in roots, classic reggae and dub, joining Jamaican sound system Black Reign International Sound.