Fri, Jan 15, 2010 - Page 15 News List





National Guoguang Opera Company (國立國光劇團) bids farewell to the lunar year with a series of highly anticipated productions under the themes of imposters and mistaken identity. The presence of Peking opera diva Wei Hai-min (魏海敏), veteran performer Tang Wen-hua (唐文華) and renowned Kunqu Opera (崑曲) artist Wen Yuhang (溫宇航) alone is bound to guarantee a large turnout. The selected pieces include A Handful of Snow (一捧雪), Stopping the Horse (擋馬), Lotus Meets Pearl (荷珠配) and Phoenix Returns to the Nest (鳳還巢).

■ Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City (台北市延平南路98號)

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

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,200, available through ERA ticketing or online at

What Is Becoming of Macbeth (馬克白!?什麼東西) by Lyric’s Studio offers a comic take on Shakespeare’s play that mixes elements of mime and Taiwanese opera.

■ 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 6pm

and 8pm

■ Tickets are NT$350. For more information, call Ms Tsai at 0927-161-978

Founded by a group of diabolo artists in 1986, Diabolo Dance Theatre (舞鈴劇場) has staged over 300 shows in more than 20 countries. Its latest production, Entrance (奇幻旅程), shows off the troupe’s eye-dazzling styles and techniques in an imaginative story about a little girl’s dreams and fantasies.

■ 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, Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Taipei-based English-language troupe Tellus Theatre is holding a series of workshops that are open to all. Several participants will be chosen for roles in the company’s upcoming spring production scheduled for April 10 to May 2. Workshops are conducted in English, and participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing.


Canadian group Girl and The Machine, which calls its music “electro-rock and experimental pop with an ethnic flavor of world music,” has been in Taiwan for a run of shows that started last week.

The group appears on Sunday at Witch House (女巫店) for a pared-down acoustic set and at The Wall (這牆) on Thursday for its full “visual circus show,” when video and light images will accompany its live performance. Judging from the band’s MySpace page and YouTube clips, it tries to create a lounge-rock atmosphere, with lead singer Jackie Liew playing the modern-day cabaret singer with an eye-catching wardrobe.

Girl and The Machine, 9:30pm on Sunday at Witch House, located at 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號) and Thursday at 8pm at The Wall (這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1)

▲Admission is NT$400 on Sunday and NT$300 on Thursday

Power-pop fans and aspiring indie troubadours won’t want to miss Ken Stringfellow’s show on Sunday night at Witch House (女巫店).

Best known as the frontman for the beloved 1990s power-pop group the Posies, with whom he still tours, Stringfellow has collaborated with a who’s who of the US’ modern rock scene. He’s toured with REM, and is part of the current lineup of Alex Chilton’s legendary underground band Big Star.

The Paris-based American musician is on a solo tour of Asia to promote material from one of his side projects, the Norwegian-based band, THE DiSCiPLiNES.

Stringfellow told the Taipei Times to expect a “stripped-down affair — just me, my electric guitar and some songs on the piano.”

Ken Stringfellow, 9:30pm on Sunday at Witch House, located at 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號)

▲Admission is NT$300

In today's edition of the ‘Taipei Times,’ we reported that American musician Ken Stringfellow's show at Witch House is on Sunday, which is not the case. His gig is tomorrow. The ‘Taipei Times’ regrets the error

Cinema of Tomorrow (明日電影), Spot — Taipei Film House’s (光點—台北之家) newest POP Cinema program, comprises 27 films that showcase emerging trends in filmmaking, such as international co-production, and new talent from across the world.

South Korean director Hong Sang-soo went to Paris to make Night and Day, in which a Korean fugitive wanders aimlessly through the city. Dutch director David Verbeek weaves together three parallel stories in Shanghai Trance, which reveals a rapidly changing city.

Up-and-coming directors that are worth keeping an eye on include 25-year-old Valeriya Gai Germanika from Russia, who won the Golden Camera award at Cannes last year with her feature debut Everybody Dies But Me, a film about three teenage girls who rebel against their school, parents and, eventually, each other.

In Tony Manero, young Brazilian filmmaker Pablo Larrain takes a sober look at Chile during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The film’s protagonist is a middle-aged man who is obsessed with impersonating Tony Manero, John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever. Much lighter in tone is Our Beloved Month of August by Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, which tells the story of a film crew that shoots a romance in a picturesque mountain village.

▲Tickets cost NT$170 for Spot members and NT$200 for non-members, available at the door or through NTCH ticket outlets

▲Cinema of Tomorrow runs through Jan. 29 at Spot and from Feb. 2 to Feb. 7 at the Kaohsiung Municipal Film Archive (高雄市電影圖書館), where screenings are free. On the Net:

■ O Space, 1-8, Ln 34, Quanzhou St, Taipei City (台北市泉州街34巷1-8號)

■ Workshops will be held tomorrow from 6pm to 10pm, on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm and Jan. 23 from 8pm and 10pm

■ Fees are NT$120 for three workshops. Call troupe director Daniel at 098-1472-451 or Nita at 0982-204-577 for more information

Godot Theatre Company’s (果陀劇場) The 39 Steps (步步驚笑) is a comedic espionage thriller adapted from the novel of the same title by John Buchan. The star-studded cast includes veteran thespians Chin Shih-chieh (金士傑) and Tien Hsin (天心) and television and theater actors Pu Hsueh-liang (卜學亮) and Renzo Liu (劉亮佐). The four play a total of 48 characters in this Mandarin adaptation of the play. This is the first major Broadway production licensed in Chinese. The original continues to run in New York and London.

■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號)

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday

at 2:30pm

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

Classical music

Who’s There, In the Shadow (NSO 2010旅人之歌 — 交錯的浪漫身影) features pianist Chang Chiao-ying (張巧縈) and cellist Lana Hsiung (熊士蘭) performing with the National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂團) under the direction of Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬). The program includes Tyzen Hsiao’s (蕭泰然) Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 53 and Cello Concerto in C, Op. 52.

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