Shim-Chung by the Universal Ballet of Korea draws on a Korean folk story about a young girl and her filial love for her blind father. The company, founded in 1984, is known for infusing Russian romantic ballet with a Korean sensibility.
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Meirenjian (美人尖) is Taiwan Bangzi Company’s (台灣豫劇團) latest production of bangzi opera (梆子), otherwise known as Henan or Yu opera (豫劇). Scripted by theater scholar Liu Hui-fen (劉慧芬) and directed by renowned filmmaker Lin Cheng-sheng (林正盛), the performance tells of a Taiwanese woman’s drama-filled battle with her husband’s traditional family.
■ 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$1,600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
All U People Theater’s (全民大劇團) Television Station in Chaos (瘋狂電視台—相聲了沒) returns to Taipei with 12 shows starting tonight. The stand-up comedy performed in Mandarin tells the story of five workers who try to rescue the TV company they work for from bankruptcy. The cast includes comedian Bacy Tang (唐從聖) and theater veteran Luo Bei-an (羅北安).
■ Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)
■ Tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$350 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
For its rendition of Cinderella (仙履奇緣), the Kaohsiung City Ballet (高雄城市芭蕾舞團) teams up with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (高雄市交響樂團) and brings Romanian ballet choreographer Ioana Vasilescu on board as dance adviser. The show is part of the ongoing Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival (高雄春天藝術節, w4.khcc.gov.tw/ksaf2011). [See Highlight.]
■ Kaohsiung Chihteh Hall (高雄至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Being staged as part of the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (2011台灣國際藝術節, tifa.ntch.edu.tw), Crosstalk Travelers (那一夜，在旅途中說相聲) is the newest installment of Performance Workshop Theatre’s (表演工作坊) popular cross talk series, which began in 1985 with the smash hit play That Night We Performed Crosstalk (那一夜我們說相聲). The product of a collaboration between renowned playwright and theater director Stan Lai (賴聲川) and television guru Wang Wei-chung (王偉忠), Crosstalk Travelers tells the tale of two wanderers who recount past adventures and reflect on life.
■ Tainan 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)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,800, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Ray Chen Violin Recital (陳銳小提琴演奏會) brings 22-year-old Taiwan-born violin prodigy Ray Chen (陳銳) back to Taiwan following his success as the winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2008 and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009. The program includes Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, JS Bach’s Chaconne From Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004, and Wieniawski’s Legende’s Variations for Violin on an Original Theme, Op. 15 as well as Saltarelle, arranged by Kreisler. Chen will be accompanied on piano by Julien Quentin.