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Theater

To celebrate the holiday season, Da-Guan Dance Theater (大觀舞集) is presenting classical ballet The Nutcracker. Established by the National Taiwan University of Arts (國立台灣藝術大學) department of dance in 2005, Da-Guan is a professional dance troupe that collaborates with the different departments, students and faculty at the university to create interdisciplinary productions. [See story on Page 14.]

■ National Theater, Taipei City

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

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Part of the NTCH’s New Idea Series, which focuses on renowned Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu (湯顯祖), Mobius Strip Theatre’s (莫比斯圓環創作公社) The Archetype of Ant Hole (螞蟻洞中的原型記號) is a dream where Tang meets and debates with Carl Jung, and modern theater actors play with Kun opera performers.

■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City

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

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

www.artsticket.com.tw

Sandra Li (李婉菁), a former keyboard player for heavy metal band Chthonic (閃靈), teams up with DJ point, rapper Chang Jui-chuan (張睿銓), heavy metal vocalist Chi (小祇) and soprano Chen Wen-yu (陳文鈺) for the experimental Dark Baroque (黑暗巴洛克), a hybrid theatrical show of classical music, hip-hop and heavy metal sounds.

■ Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre

(牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St,

Taipei City (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號)

■ Tomorrow and Sunday at 4pm and 8pm

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

www.artsticket.com.tw

Wanhua Theater (萬華劇團) aims to free the body from social conventions with four dance and theater pieces featuring real-life nude models that explore the eroticized body and carnal desire.

HIGHLIGHT

BY NOAH BUCHAN

The mentality of winning and losing forms the central conceit in M.O.V.E Theater’s (動見体劇團) Fight Me Now! (戰), a frenetic theatrical performance that begins next Wednesday night at Taipei’s Crown Theater (皇冠小劇場). Combining theater, sport and dance into one dramatic whole, Taiwanese director Fu Hung-cheng (符宏征) employs the competitive nature of international sport as a means of examining office politics, where “supervisors and subordinates” dress as athletes and “compete” for gold — or the recognition that comes with taking first place. Overlying the work are references to such global events as the Olympics and the World Games — events tinged with elements of nationalism and fanaticism — which serve as a starting point to humorously examine the underbelly of competition, where losers are shunned and winners are glorified.

▲Fight Me Now! at Crown Theater

(皇冠藝文中心小劇場), 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路120巷50號)

▲Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm and 9pm. There will also be performances on Jan. 1, Jan. 2, Jan. 6, Jan. 7, Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 at 7:30pm and Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 9 and Jan. 10 at 2:30pm

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

www.artsticket.com.tw


■ 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)

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm.

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

www.artsticket.com.tw

For its child-friendly Beauty and the Beast (美女與野獸), Tainaner Ensemble (台南人劇團) uses acrobatics, magic tricks, music and dance to reinterpret the classic fairy tale.

■ National Taiwan University Theater (國立台灣大學台大劇場), 1, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段1號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm, Thursday at 9:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$600 and NT$800, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Classical music

NSO New Year Concert (NSO跨新年音樂會—歡樂頌) sees the National Symphony Orchestra (國立臺灣交響樂團) celebrate the arrival of 2010 with a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral, Op.125”. The concert features the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus (台北愛樂合唱團) and soprano Chu Tai-li (朱苔麗), mezzo soprano Chen Pei-chi (陳珮琪), tenor Steven Harrison and bass Liau Chong-boon (廖聰文). The conductor will be Gunther Herbig.

■ Thursday at 10pm and Jan. 1 at 7:30pm

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

See in 2010 With Chang Cheng-jie (張正傑陪您迎接2010年) is a musical evening complete with food and wine provided by the Ritz-Landis Hotel. Cellist Chang Cheng-jie (張正傑) provides a program of music including Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No.4 and Brahms Sonata No.1 to ring in the New Year. Cheng will be accompanied by Liao Chia-hung on violin and Liao Jiao-han (廖皎含) on piano.

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