Fri, Nov 20, 2009 - Page 15 News List



Theater and dance

Dancer/choreographer Lin Wen-chung (林文中) and his WCdance troupe bring their traveling production of Small to the Wenshan Branch of the Taipei Cultural Center this weekend. The former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member created the piece for the premiere of his own company last year. Lin confines his dancers to a plexiglass cube, yet creates a wide world of possibilities within that small space.

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday 22 at 2:30pm at the Children’s Educational Center Theater of the Taipei Cultural Center, Wenshan Branch (台北市社教館文山分館兒童劇場), B2, 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號B2); Dec. 4 at 7:30pm and Dec. 5 at 2:30pm and 7:30 pm at the Experimental Theater at No. 20 Warehouse, Taichung (台中二十號倉庫實驗劇場), 6-1, Ln 37, Fuxing Rd Sec 4, Taichung City (台中市復興路四段37巷6-1號)

■ Tickets are NT$500 for this weekend, NT$350 for the Taichung shows, available through or NTCH outlets

The legendary I Wan Jan Puppet Theater (亦宛然掌中劇團) presents one of its masterpieces, 300 Years of Ching Dynasty — Keng Yao (清宮三百年之羹堯). Premiered in 1948 under the direction of late troupe founder and puppet master Li Tien-lu (李天祿), the show toured across the country for the following 13 years and has come to be known as the forerunner of Taiwan’s golden light puppetry (金光戲). The puppet show is divided into two parts, which are performed tomorrow and Sunday respectively.

■ Central II Hall at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914中二館) (formerly known as Huashan Culture Park, 華山文化園區), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)

■ Tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$100 to NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at



Japanese bands Devcornelius (胖胖小山田) and V/acation come to Taipei for two shows this weekend, one tonight at Underworld (地下社會) and the other tomorrow night at APA Lounge 808 (阿帕808). They will play with Taiwanese band Teenation, which is the product of a collaboration between local punk rock record labels Chngin Records and Psychoyouth Records. V/acation is billed as a next-generation Japanese Circle Jerks, and although Devcornelius lists a wide range of influences, from Motown to bossa nova, its music is firmly grounded in hardcore punk.

Expect punk, and lots of it with machine gun rhythms, thrashing guitars and screaming vocals. Tomorrow’s show at APA Lounge 808 includes the relatively mellow ska and reggae sounds of Down in Air (盪在空中) as well as indie rockers Touming Magazine

(透明雜誌), both local bands.

▲Devcornelius, V/acation and Teenation, tonight at 9pm at Underworld (地下社會), B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1), tel: (02) 2369-0103; and tomorrow at 8pm at APA Lounge 808 (阿帕808), 6F, 152, Zhonghua Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中華路一段152號6樓), near Ximen MRT Station (西門捷運站) exit No. 6, tel: (02) 2381-5378

▲Admission for each show is NT$500 at the door. Tickets for the show at Underworld include a free drink

The Village (寶島一村) takes a nostalgic look at Taiwan’s veterans’ villages, or juan cun (眷村), through the lives of three families, from 1949 to the present day. Television producer Wang Wei-chung (王偉忠) teams up with respected director Stan Lai (賴聲川) to produce a dramatic and humorous work about the communities that did much to shape modern Taiwan.

■ National Theater, Taipei City

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

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Part of the Young Stars, New Vision 2009 series of dance and theater performances initiated by the National Theater and Concert Hall to showcase emerging talents, Theatre II (戲劇—穿梭虛與實) consists of two shows: The Smell of … (鼻子記) is director Wang Ke yao’s (王珂瑤) experiment that incorporates the sense of smell in theater, while Encounters in Space (與我,相逢在宇宙盡頭) by Aimee Liu (劉岱萱) plays out as a fantasy where high school student Harry has an encounter with three other Harrys who all claim to be him.

■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City

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

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

As part of the 14th Crown Arts Festival (第14屆皇冠藝術節), The Two of Us (我們) by Comedians Workshop II (可以演戲劇團) sees experienced performers Huang Shi-wei (黃士偉) and Hsieh Yi-ching (謝宜靜) play twins, a brother and sister who decide to be cruelly honest with each other on their 40th birthday.

■ Crown Theater (皇冠藝術中心小劇場), 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路120巷50號). On the Net:

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