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Events and entertainment listings

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff Reporter

Theater and dance

Ham’s Brave New Ward (他媽的,哈姆的,悲劇) is a black comedy by Corny Chicken E.W. Cross Culture Theater (玉米雞劇團) in which a group of psychiatrists stage a production of Hamlet in the hope of curing a delusional patient. Composed of locals and expats living in Hsinchu, the theatrical company aims to update Shakespeare’s canon using Taiwanese opera, among other performance genres [see story on page 14].

■ Red House Theater (紅樓劇場), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei City (台北市成都路10號)

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

■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw.

For The Impossible Times (渭水春風), the newest installment of All Musical Theatre Company’s (音樂時代劇場) Taiwan Musical Trilogy, the group collaborated with Flux Waves Dance Theater (流浪舞蹈劇場) and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (台北市立交響樂團) to tell the life story of Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水), an important figure in the resistance movement against Japanese colonial rule.

■ National Theater, Taipei City

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

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

The Dragon Chasers (尋龍之音) by Sun Son Theatre (身聲劇場) tells the story of three young warriors who follow a dragon into a world of myth and magic. Like the company’s previous productions, The Dragon Chasers is a fusion of modern theater, dance, chant and world music.

■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)

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

■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

The Underworld Code (王國密碼), the latest production by Ping-Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班), begins with an unsolved murder 46 years ago that leads to a political scandal that rocks today’s government.

■ 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

■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$3,000, NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

WCdance’s (林文中舞團) latest work, Small Nanguan (小南管), was inspired by the graceful and delicate melodies and slow pace of nanguan (南管) music. The style of the traditional music fit perfectly with the theme of choreographer Lin Wen-chung’s (林文中) Small series, which explores and exploits movement and emotions in confined spaces. Lin said he was also motivated to explore the juxtaposition of traditional values in contemporary life. Small Nanguan opens in Taipei this weekend before beginning a three-city tour next month.

■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm. All four shows are sold out

■ Additional performances: June 2 at 7:30pm at National Taichung Library Chungsing Concert Hall (台中市中興堂), 291-3 Jingwu Rd, Greater Taichung (台中市精武路291之3號); June 7 at 7:30pm at the Preparatory Center of the Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts (衛武營藝術文化中心展演場), 449-1 Nanjing Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市南京路449-1號); and June 8 at 7:30pm at the Pingtung County Art Center (屏東縣藝術館), 427 Heping Rd, Pingtung City (屏東市和平路427號). Tickets are NT$300 for Greater Taichung and Greater Kaohsiung shows and NT$150 for the Pingtung show, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

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