Principal dancers from troupes in Europe, North America and South Korea join forces this weekend at the Sixth International Ballet Star Gala in a program packed with classics and many contemporary duets and solos not seen before in Taipei.
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$6,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A collaboration between Song, Song, Song Children’s and Puppet Theatre (九歌兒童劇團) and Theatre Mala Scena in Croatia, Play & Play (遊戲狂想曲) is a children’s theatrical piece that fuses dance and acrobatics to portray the imaginary worlds of a boy and a girl.
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through ERA ticketing and online at www.ticket.com.tw
Performed by two dancers and a drummer, 2012 Love — Marine Universe Love (2012戀 — 海洋宇宙之戀) by Moon Echo Theatre (羊喚劇場工作室) is a contemporary dance piece that tells of love among gods, spirits and animals.
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
For Entrance (奇幻旅程), Diabolo Dance Theatre (舞鈴劇場) takes audiences on a journey through the eyes of a little girl with its visually opulent, high-energy performance of diabolo, a traditional children’s game, and Chinese acrobatics. The show runs from Wednesdays to Sundays until the end of March.
■ Expo Hall at Taipei Expo Park (花博公園舞蝶館), located at the intersection of Zhongshan North Road (中山北路) and Minzu East Road (民族東路) in Taipei City
■ Tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Flying-Group Theatre (飛人集社劇團) presents The Dying Fish (魚), which centers on the tragic yet comic romance between a kindergarten teacher and her insurance salesman boyfriend. An uninvited guest comes along and shakes up the couple’s dull life together.
■ Wansha Music Salon, Yonghua branch (涴莎古典音樂沙龍永華館), 75 Yonghua 1st St, Greater Tainan (台南市永華一街75號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. No shows are scheduled for tomorrow as of press time. On Saturday, Aboriginal singer and Taiwanese folk legend Kimbo Hu (胡德夫) takes to the stage. And on Wednesday, indie rock performers Metronomy, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Naked and Famous and The Jezabels perform [see story on page 13].
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Shows start at 8pm, except Wednesday’s, which begins at 7pm
■ NT$1,000 on Saturday (NT$800 in advance), NT$2,000 on Wednesday (NT$1,700 in advance). Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw and www.legacy.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Tonight, The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, hosts electro-band XOXO (叉圈叉圈), which has just released a new EP, Small Potato (小人物) and pop-ska group Pops Candy (跳跳糖). Tomorrow, indie rock bands Green!Eyes and Come on! Bay Bay! (來吧!焙焙!) take to the stage. On Saturday, the venue hosts Mandarin-rapping hip-hop artist Mr Brown (布朗) of the group Da Xi Men (大囍門). On Sunday, it’s indie upstarts New Sunglasses (新墨鏡), Subway and Low Brightness Period (低明度時期).