Fri, Aug 28, 2009 - Page 15 News List




Organized by Dance Works (舞工廠舞團), the fifth edition of Taipei Tap Festival (台北踢踏節) presents two tap-dance shows at Red House Theater tomorrow starring some of the world’s top tap dancers, including Derick K. Grant, Chloe Arnold, Ron XII, Suji and Keitaro. A

pre-show party will be held tonight at Huashan Culture Park. Visit for more information.

■ Huashan Culture Park (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) and Red House Theater (紅樓劇場), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei City (台北市成都路10號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm (Huashan), tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm (Red House Theater)

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$800

for tomorrow’s shows, available through NTCH ticketing or online


A collaboration between Taiwan’s Su Wen-chi (蘇文琪) and Belgian choreographer Arco Renz, Heroine (迷幻英雌) is a solo dance piece performed by Su that dwells on cultural difference as reflected in the performing arts, namely perceptions of time and space in the West and the East.

■ Taipei Cultural Center, Wenshan Branch (台北市立社會教育館文山分館), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 8pm

■ Tickets are NT$600, available

through NTCH ticketing or online at

Musician and singer Summer Lei (雷光夏) meets a young William Shakespeare in Sonnets of Light and City (光與城市的十四行詩). Produced in collaboration with artist Chen Chien-chi (陳建騏) and theater veteran Michael Li (黎煥雄), the work features Lei chanting and singing the Bard’s sonnets.

■ 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 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at



Indie-rock band Boyz and Girl (男孩們女孩) plays at Underworld tonight.

Formed only last year, the band

is building a fan base in Taiwan

via word of mouth. Influenced by

the sounds of My Bloody Valentine and Deerhunter, guitarist/vocalist

Jon Du (杜澤威) favors guitar tones laden with shimmering effects

that give a liquid feel to the music, while bassist Ying Jie (英傑) and drummer Zun Long (尊龍) bang

out sturdy rhythms. Vocalist/guitarist Ban Ban (斑斑), aka Bambam Lin (林以樂) sings simple pop-hooks in a high, sweet voice. Boyz and Girl will be recording its debut album in October, and tonight’s show includes four new songs. Indie-rock band Macbeth

(馬克白) opens the show.

▲Boyz and Girl live at Underworld, B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1)

▲Tonight at 9pm

▲Admission is NT$300, includes a drink

▲On the Net:; theboyzandgirl


Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) returns to the National Theater for three weeks starting Wednesday with a unique chance to see all three parts of founder and artistic director’s Lin Hwai-min’s (林懷民) Cursive triology. The training the company went through to create the first chapter helped crystallize Lin’s unique choreographic language and style. While Lin used the various styles of Chinese calligraphy as a starting point for each piece, the three works also reflect his musings on spirituality and life. Each week of the run will be devoted to a single chapter, beginning with Cursive I (行草) on Wednesday. Cursive II opens on Sept. 9 and Wild Cursive begins on Sept. 16.

Lin has admitted a preference for part two, while the Taipei Times dance critic thinks part three is one of his best works.

▲National Theater, Taipei City

▲Wednesdays to Saturdays, Sept. 2 to Sept. 19, at 7:45pm, and Sundays, Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, at 2:45pm

▲Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at


American experimental jazz singer Jen Shyu appears tonight at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) to present music from her latest project, Jade Tongue. Her solo performance consists of original material for voice, piano, dance and the yueqin (月琴), or moon lute.

For Shyu, who was born to a Taiwanese father and East Timorese mother, multicultural influences play a large part in her work. In her singing she incorporates sources such as Brazilian and Tang Dynasty poetry and the oral history of Cuban slaves. She came to Taiwan last fall to study Hengchun folk music. She says her CD sales from tonight’s show will go to Typhoon Morakot victims in Pingtung.

Also performing tonight is venue owner and guitarist Geddy Lin (林正如).

▲Jen Shyu live at Riverside Cafe, B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓). Tel: (02) 2368-7310. On the Net:

▲Tonight at 9:30pm

▲Entrance fee is NT$400


Taipei’s blues, jazz and ethnic folk musicians come together tomorrow for Where We Stand, an all-day concert at Taipei Artist Village to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Morakot.

The lineup features a wide variety of genres, such as classic rock, soul and New Orleans funk by Kenyatta Quintet, modern jazz sounds from the Amanda Wu Trio, and acoustic fingerstyle folk and blues from the Greg Tackett Band. Bringing a world beat flavor to the event are Orbit Folks, which mix Balkan and Mediterranean folk with jazz, and Oriental World Music Alliance.

Also performing are The Muddy Basin Ramblers and Blues Vibrations. Donations go to Taiwan’s Red Cross Society.

▲Where We Stand typhoon relief concert at Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號)

▲From 2pm until 11pm

▲Admission is free. Donations will be collected throughout the day

Asoka (阿育王) by Siou-Ching Taiwanese Opera Troupe (秀琴歌劇團) recounts the life story of Asoka, an ancient Indian emperor and famous convert to Buddhism.

■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)

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

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Famed Taiwanese dancer Sheu Fang-yi (許芳宜) and her choreographer partner Bulareyaung Pagarlava (布拉瑞揚) have added an extra show onto their sold-out Taipei Arts Festival run next week, to help raise money for the latter’s Typhoon Morakot-devastated hometown, Jialan Village (嘉蘭) in Taitung County. All proceeds from Sunday night’s show will go to relief efforts.

■ LAFA Ode to Joy. A Philanthropic Evening-Typhoon Relief Donation, Taipei Cultural Center, Wenshan Branch (台北市立社會教育館文山分館), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)

■ Sept. 6 at 7pm

■ Tickets are NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

The Judith Mendenhall Flute Recital (茱蒂•曼德赫長笛獨奏會) features Judith Mendenhall, a professor of music at The City University of New York, performing a program that includes Telemann’s Methodical Sonata in G Minor, and works by Gaubert, Bartok, Poulenc and Doppler.

■ Today (Taipei) and Tuesday (Kaohsiung) at 7:30pm

■ National Recital Hall, Taipei City and National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, Kaohsiung City (高雄中正文化中心至善廳), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,000 (Taipei) and NT$300 to NT$800 (Kaohsiung), available through ERA ticketing or online at

Mischa Maisky & NTSO (米夏•麥斯基與國臺交) sees the renowned cellist back in Taipei performing together with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (國立台灣交響樂團) with guest conductor Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬). The program includes Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for Eight Cellos, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major and Elgar’s Sospiri, Adagio for String Orchestra, Harp and Organ, Op. 70.

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