Fri, Oct 02, 2009 - Page 15 News List





Legitimate Crimes (合法犯罪), the latest production by Ping-Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班), is a detective comedy that involves a murder in a amusement park. The stellar cast includes troupe founder Hugh Lee (李國修) and actor and comedian Gu Pao-min (顧寶明).

■ 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 at 2:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater (爵士舞蹈劇場), which mixes jazz and modern dance with other forms of performing arts, celebrates its fifth birthday with Fives’, five pieces created by five different choreographers.

■ 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)

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

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

A rendition of the Oscar-winning Alan Ball play of the same title, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Ren Shin Theatre (仁信合作社) is a comedy set at a wedding in the countryside near Tainan where five bridesmaids must confront their own desires and attitudes toward life.

■ Tainan Human Theater Factory (台南人戲工場), 3F, Baida Education and Cultural Center (百達文教中心3樓), 85 Shengli Rd, Tainan City (台南市勝利路85號)

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

■ Tickets are NT$360, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Known as Taiwan’s first original musical, Greenray Theater’s (綠光劇團) Neckties & High-heeled Shoes — A Musical (領帶與高跟鞋) returns with a nationwide tour 15 years after it premiered. The musical tells a story of workplace intrigue and lampoons Taiwanese office culture.


The 2009 Kuandu Arts Festival (關渡藝術節) kicks off tomorrow night with a free theater performance by Taiwan-based Golden Bough Theater of Happiness (浮浪貢開花), a light-hearted comedy about a young bohemian’s quest for eternal bliss. On Oct. 10, Israeli actress Gila Almagor reprises her role of the demented Holocaust survivor Henya in the much-anticipated The Summer of Avia, which is based on a novel by Almagor. In the medium of dance, Israeli choreographer Arkadi Zaides explores the connections between space, music, movement and image in Solo Colores and Solo Siento, beginning on Oct. 16. And on Oct. 9, Hong Kong-based dance troupe Mcmuimui Dansemble’s (雙妹嘜舞蹈劇場) Boot-leg Butter-fly (與山伯同床) takes a humorous look at the lives of two young women in a performance inspired by the Chinese tale The Butterfly Lovers (梁山伯與祝英台).

The Kuandu Arts Festival runs until Oct. 25 and includes art exhibits and lectures in addition to a wide range of performances. A PDF version of the festival’s program, which contains useful information such as show times, ticket prices and links to artists’ Web sites, can be downloaded from A review of the festival’s art exhibits will run on Page 15 of this coming Wednesday’s Taipei Times.

Performances will be held at the Taipei National University of the Arts Dance Theater (國立台北藝術大學舞蹈廳), 1, Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號), and at the National Experimental Theater, Taipei City. Art exhibits will be on display at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (關渡美術館), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號)

▲Tomorrow until Oct. 25

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■ Kaohsiung’s Chih-Teh Hall (高雄市文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

2009 NTSO International Music Festival Series VII — Szymanowski Quartet (2009NTSO國際音樂節系列VII — 齊瑪諾夫斯基弦樂四重奏) sees the quartet performing a program that includes Szymanowski’s Nocturne and Tarantella, Op.28, Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor,” and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1.

■ Today at 7:30pm

■ National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Music Hall (國立台灣交響樂團演奏廳), 738-2 Chungcheng Rd, Wufeng Township, Taichung County (台中縣霧峰鄉中正路738之2號)

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

NSO Theme Park — Music King of the Ocean (NSO 主題樂園 — 音樂航海王) is a children’s concert that brings together the musical talents of the National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂) under Chang Yin-fang (張尹芳) and the dramatic skills of Ifkids Theater (如果兒童劇團) in a production for the whole family. The program includes sections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Capriccio Espagnol, and more.

■ Tomorrow at 11am and 2:30pm

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Striking Vision (擊樂異象) sees percussion group Music Forum (十方樂集) present a program of newly commissioned works, including Five Scenes (五景─擊樂五重奏) by Lee Tai-hsiang (李泰祥), Lead-in With Storm and Thunder (風雷引 ─ 鋼琴與擊樂團) by Chen Shu-si (陳樹熙), and For Five Percussion Players and Two Voices (給五位擊樂者與兩部人聲) by Ying Kwang-i (應廣儀), which will be receiving their world premiere. Wu Yan — Sextet for Percussion (烏燄 ─ 擊樂六重奏) by Chong Kee-yong (鍾啟榮) and Percussion Quartet by Charles Wuorinen, also included in the program, will be performed in Taiwan for the first time.

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