Fri, Mar 27, 2009 - Page 14 News List




The prestigious Ballet Company and Orchestra of Russia’s Mariinsky Theater perform timeless classics Sleeping Beauty from tonight through Sunday and Swan Lake from Monday through Wednesday. Both are set to the luscious music of Peter Tchaikovsky. [See story on Page 13.]

▲National Theater, Taipei City

▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm, Monday to Wednesday at 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$800 to NT$8,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Part of the interactive installation A Jiaocha Experience (間), by Taiwanese theater and cinema artist Huang Pei-shan (黃佩珊) and artist and hacker BlueScreen, Puppet and Its Double Theater (無獨有偶工作室劇團) will perform live-action and puppet shows that encourage viewers to explore and experience different forms of communication.

▲Museum of Contemporary Art (台北當代藝術館), 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北市長安西路39號)

▲Today, tomorrow and Sunday at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

In four classic tales including Jou Chu Eradicates Three Evils (周處除三害) and Smash Down the Rank (大破銅旗陣), Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Theater (小西園掌中劇團), led by puppet master Hsu Wang (許王), shows Taiwan’s traditional glove puppetry as a refined art form.

▲National Experimental Theater, Taipei City

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

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

Century Contemporary Dance Company (世紀當代舞團) presents Stravinsky’s Les Noces, which weds the Russian composer’s cantata with choreographer Yao Shu-fen’s (姚淑芬) contemporary vocabulary and painting by award-winning visual artist Wang Pan-yuan (王攀元).


Spring Scream, Taiwan’s foremost independent music festival, starts April 3 (next Friday) at the Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park (鵝鑾鼻燈塔公園) in Kenting (墾丁), and runs until April 5. Now in its 15th year, Spring Scream will host a number of prominent acts, including Amit, the alter-ego of pop star A-mei (張惠妹), pop-jazz singer Joanna Wang (王若琳), Deserts Chang (張懸), and Ma Nien-hsien (馬念先). And of course, around 200 Taiwanese, expat and international indie bands will be playing on eight different stages spread throughout the park.

Now is the time to start making travel and lodging plans. Official buses run directly from Taipei to the park; on-site hotel lodging is available, but camping is the most economical. For details, visit the festival’s Web site at

▲Spring Scream at Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park (鵝鑾鼻燈塔公園)

▲April 3, April 4 and April 5. Performances start at 2pm on April 3, and noon on April 4 and April 5. All performances finish around midnight. Visit Spring Scream’s Web site for scheduling information, which is subject to change

▲NT$1,690 for a three-day, all events pass or as follows for single-day tickets: Friday only NT$890; Saturday only, NT$1,190; Sunday only, NT$490. Tickets are available at FamilyMart ticket kiosks until April 5. Children under 12 years of age get in free with an adult guardian bearing a valid ticket. All attendees must present valid photo ID.

▲Novel Hall (新舞台), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)

▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$600 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

A daring collaboration between veteran Beijing opera director Li Xiao-ping (李小平) and a group of 20-something theater novices from Creative Society (創作社劇團), Bye Girl (掰啦女孩) tells the story of three lads and a mysterious girl.

Hip-hop beats abound in this play written by young playwright Feng Po-li (馮勃棣), who is also a rapper and magician.

▲Crown Art Center Theater (皇冠小劇場), B1, 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路120巷50號B1)

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

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


AMA Principal Soloists Series — Andrei Yeh (亞藝首席獨奏家系列 — 葉孟儒鋼琴獨奏會) sees Taiwan-born, Russian-trained pianist Andrei Yeh (葉孟儒) conclude his current Taiwan tour tomorrow at the National Recital Hall in Taipei City. The series opens tomorrow with a free performance in Taoyuan County. Yeh will perform a program that includes Debussy’s Preludes and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 23.

▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm

▲National Recital Hall

▲Tickets are NT$250 to NT$500, available through ERA ticketing or online at

The First Taipei International Lyricism in 20th Century

Music Festival (第一屆台北國際二十世紀美好音樂節) has the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (長榮交響樂團) performing a series of concerts that run until April 15. In the first concert on Wednesday, the orchestra will be lead by guest conductor Israel Yinon and feature Gary Hoffman on cello. The program will include Braham’s Nanie, Op. 82 for Choir and Orchestra and Schicksalslied Op. 54, Franz Schreker’s Schanengesang and highlights from Alexander Zemlinsky’s opera Es War Einmal.

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