Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s (雲門舞集) second company, Cloud Gate 2, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its annual Spring Riot (春鬥) tour, which begins today at Taipei’s Novel Hall and will next month visit Hsinchu, Taichung and Kaohsiung. This year’s lineup includes Island of Silence (緘默之島) by Gu Ming-sheng (古名伸) and Lin Huai-ming’s (林懷民) Waiting for Spring Wind (望春風).
▲Novel Hall (新舞台), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)
▲Today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
In Hypnotism Show — A Mysterious Odyssey (催眠秀) by 2F Theater (2F劇團), children who once believed in fairy tales and Santa Claus discover when they grow up that people need to be hypnotized to find life bearable.
▲Guling Street Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei City (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號).
▲Today at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Ping-Fong Acting Troupe’s (屏風表研演班) 2002 The Aurora Borealis (北極之光) returns to Metropolitan Hall for 10 performances starting tonight. The theme of this star-studded, big-budget production that covers the last 20 years of Taiwanese history is first love over three generations and the promises and commitment that run through it.
▲Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號).
▲Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$600 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
In O Sabbe Dharmakaya, Mia Hsieh (謝韻雅) from A Moving Sound (聲動劇場) turns to the story of her mother, who was separated from her parents after coming to Taiwan in 1949. What begins as a family history becomes a monument to a collective tragedy.
▲Performing Arts School 36 (表演36房), 156-1, Muxin Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市木新路二段156-1號)
▲Tonight at 7:40pm, tomorrow at 2:40pm and 7:40pm
▲Tickets are NT$450, available through NTCH ticketing or online at
U-Theatre brings its six-part ode to its Laoquanshan (老泉山) home, The Mountain Dawn (入夜山嵐), to Kaohsiung tonight for two performances. The production is a contemplative reflection on the tranquil life on the mountain.
▲Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihteh Hall (高雄市立文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)
▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
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) presents a series of concerts featuring 20th century composers that runs until Wednesday. Tonight’s concert includes works by Bruno Maderna, Egon Wellesz, Wilhelm Grasz and Ernst Toch. Tomorrow’s program lists works by Berthold Goldschmidt, Ernst Krenek, Karol Rathaus and Hans Gal. Sunday’s concert will feature works by Boris Blacher, Julius Burger, and Samuel Barber. Further information can be found at www.taipei-festival.org.
▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm
▲Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中中山堂), 98 Syuesi Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)
▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Essence — Piano Duo Concert of Excellent Pianists in Taiwan (當代精粹 — 經典台灣名家雙鋼琴之夜) is part of the 2009 Taiwan International Piano Festival (2009台灣國際鋼琴藝術節). The concert showcases emerging and established local pianists who will perform a program that includes Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, KV. 448, Baber’s Souvenirs, Op. 28, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Shostakovitch’s Concertino, Op. 94 and Mussorgsky’s Picture at an Exhibition. More information can be obtained at www.proartist.com.tw.