Les Ballets C de la B’s Out of Context — for Pina is no ordinary dance performance. The production’s performers use minute movements, such as jerking limbs and chattering teeth, to explore deformity and the emotional power of the human body. Troupe founder and choreographer Alain Platel, who previously worked with disabled children, is staging the 85-minute long Out of Context as part of the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (2011台灣國際藝術節). For more information about the festival, visit the event’s bilingual Web site at tifa.ntch.edu.tw.
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ Tickets range from NT$700 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing, online at www.artsticket.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon and Hi-Life Life-ET kiosks.
Led by eminent ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, the State Ballet of Georgia’s tour of Taiwan begins tomorrow with performances of Swan Lake and Giselle.
■ Tomorrow and Sunday at Taoyuan Performance Center (桃園展演中心), 1188 Jhongjheng Rd, Taoyuan City (桃園市中正路1188號); Wednesday and Thursday at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館), 505, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段505號)
■ Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,600 for the Taoyuan shows, NT$500 to NT$4,200 for the Taipei shows, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Tuesdays With Morrie, Godot Theatre’s (果陀劇場) latest production, is the stage adaptation of US author Mitch Albom’s 1997 memoir. In the best-selling work, Albom recounts the lessons he learned from visiting his former professor Morrie Schwartz, who was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal disease caused by the degeneration of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The cast is led by actor Chin Shih-chieh (金士傑) in the role of Morrie.
■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Having toured Taiwan and the US with Into the Flood (在大水中), which premiered in 2009, Sun Son Theatre (身聲劇場) is bringing the production back to its Tamsui home. The show is performed by more than 20 dancers, musicians, puppeteers and storytellers who recount a mythological tale about a young man’s struggle to save his village.
■ Bamboo Curtain Studio (竹圍工作室), 39, Ln 88, Chungcheng E Rd Sec 2, New Taipei City (新北市中正東路二段88巷39號)
■ Tomorrow and Sunday at 3:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Miserable Chen Baohuei (陳寶慧的一天) by Thirteen Month Theater (十三月戲劇場) is a comedy about the disintegration of a housewife’s routine life
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$450, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Pearl on Strings — Midori (東方珍珠—宓多里) brings Japanese American violinist Midori Goto to Taiwan for a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂團). The award-winning violinist became a musical sensation after a now legendary 1986 concert with Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Festival when she was just 14, and has gone on to record extensively with the likes of Zubin Mehta. The program includes Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22 and Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 as well as Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The orchestra will be conducted by Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉).