Fri, Apr 30, 2010 - Page 15 News List





China’s Tianjin Peking Opera Theatre (天津京劇院) brings together a troupe of award-winning Beijing opera performers from different schools to present 15 classics including Ruse of the Empty City (空城計), The Jewelry Pouch (鎖麟囊) and Prosperity Brought by the Dragon and the Phoenix (龍鳳呈祥).

■ National Theater, Taipei City

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

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

For contemporary dance piece Too Much Vinegar (黑醋加太多), choreographer Chang Hsiu-ping (張秀萍) from Sun-Shier Dance Theatre (三十五舞蹈劇場) starts with asking questions like “Why does one add too much vinegar?” and “How does one deal with an accident?” as the starting point for an absurd tragedy.

■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City

■ As for press time, only tickets remain for tomorrow’s show at 2:30pm

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

Organized by Representation Theatre (再現劇團), Go to Hell (地獄樂團) can best be described as a sort of theme park where visitors can check out live theater and music performances as well as interactive installations and sound pieces at any time of the day before the park closes. All shows and exhibitions at the park are inspired by the idea of hell. For detailed schedules of live performances, go to

■ Representation Theatre’s Arts Factory (再現劇團藝術工場), B1, 43, Nanchang Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市南昌路一段43號B1)

■ Tomorrow and Sunday from 2pm to 10pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 10pm

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



Hard rock legends Deep Purple will be in town on May 8 for a concert at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (台北世界貿易中心南港展覽館).

The British band, best known for 1970s rock classics like Smoke on the Water and Highway Star, has just launched a global tour of around 70 shows that takes in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Few bands have seen as many lineup changes as Deep Purple, with members often quitting and then returning throughout the group’s 40-year history. But since the 1990s, the band has held steady with bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice and vocalist Ian Gillan, who is the voice on many of the band’s most well-known songs, including Smoke on the Water, along with newer members keyboardist Don Airey and guitarist Steve Morse.

Deep Purple live in concert May 8 at 7:45pm at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (台北世界貿易中心南港展覽館), 1, Jingmao 2nd Rd, Taipei City (台北市經貿二路1號)

Tickets are NT$800 to NT$4,000, available through 7-Eleven ibon kiosks or at

Guts Improv Theatre (勇氣即興劇場), which bills itself as Taiwan’s first theatrical company that specializes in improvisational theater, presents Unscripted Sci-fi Movie (科幻電影院), a piece that takes audiences on a trip through outer space that no one knows how it will end.

■ Comedy Club, B1, 24 Taishun St, Taipei City (台北市泰順街24號B1)

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 (includes one drink), available at the door or through

To celebrate a career that has spanned 50 years, bangzi opera (梆子) diva Wang Hai-ling (王海玲) is treating her fans with a series of performances that include one of her favorite pieces, Carrying the Bridal Sedan Chair (抬花轎), a classic of bangzi opera, otherwise known as Henan opera or yu opera (豫劇). The Taipei shows that took place a couple of weeks ago sold out quickly. Tickets for the Kaohsiung shows are also selling fast.

■ Kaohsiung Chih-teh Hall (高雄至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

Fairytale in the Music (童話故事交響樂 — 台中市交響樂團2010定期音樂會) is a regular element of the Taichung City Symphony Orchestra’s (台中市交響樂團) annual program designed specifically for children. The performance will include many popular classical works including marches by Sousa, waltzes and polkas by Strauss and movie music such as the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badlet and the Raiders’ March from the Indiana Jones films by John Williams.

■ Sunday at 7:30pm

■ Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)

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