An annual large-scale performance art event, this year’s Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival (高雄春天藝術節) program is composed of theatrical and musical performances as well as orchestral, puppetry and Taiwanese opera productions. Highlights include Salzburger Marionettentheater, a prestigious puppet company from Austria, and the Kronos Quartet from the US. Tadashi Suzuki’s La Dame aux Camelias opens the festival tomorrow at 7:30pm. For more information, visit w4.khcc.gov.tw/ksaf2011.
■ The festival starts tomorrow and runs through June 18
■ Venues include Kaohsiung Chih-teh Hall (高雄至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號) and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館), 80 Meishuguan Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市美術館路80號)
■ Admission prices vary. Check the Web site for further details
In La Naissance (初生), Flying-Group Theatre’s (飛人集社劇團) latest puppet production, a girl finds an egg inside the mouth of a whale. Together the girl and the whale embark on a magical journey.
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 11am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 11am and 2:30pm
■ 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)
■ Tickets are NT$400, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Renowned circus troupe Cirque du Soleil returns to Taipei with Varekai, a spectacular show based on the Greek myth of Icarus, who falls to his death from the sky because he flies too close to the sun. In Cirques’ version of the story, Icarus lands in a world populated by exotic beings and falls in love with a beautiful nymph.
■ Today, tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 1pm and 5pm
■ Parking lot next to Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (台北世界貿易中心南港展覽館), Ln 105 Jingmao 2nd Rd, Taipei City (台北市經貿二路105巷)
■ Tickets are NT$2,175 to NT$7,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Bad Neighbor Yiyi (惡鄰依依), Comedians Workshop’s (相聲瓦舍) newest Mandarin stand-up production, begins with two guys realizing they have dated the same woman, named Yiyi. The cast is led by veteran comedians Feng Yi-kang (馮翊綱) and Sung Shao-ching (宋少卿).
■ 7:30pm tomorrow, 2:30pm Sunday
■ Tainan City Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan (台南市中華東路三段332號)
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw.
Part of the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (2011台灣國際藝術節), (A)Pollonia by Poland’s Nowy Teatr Warszawa is a study on the despair of war that weaves together multiple texts, including Alcestis by ancient Greek playwright Euripides and J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello, into a provocative performance. For more information about the festival, go to the event’s bilingual Web site at tifa.ntch.edu.tw.
■ Tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Flowing Memory of the Glorious Century (流轉的記憶‧百年風華音樂會) is a celebration of a century of music in Taiwan. The performance, by the National Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan (台灣國家國樂團), has been shaped by conductor Su Wen-ching (蘇文慶) and includes a selection of works meant to represent the country. The musical styles presented in the program span Western classical and Chinese traditional music. The program also showcases top local concert pianist Yeh Lu-na (葉綠娜) and panpipe specialist Chang Chung-li (張中立).