Part of the Taiwan International Festival of the Arts (台灣國際藝術節), Shadows of Love (人間影) is a three-way collaboration between Taiwan’s Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company (台原偶戲團), the Cengiz Ozek Shadow Theater of Istanbul and the Beijing Shadow Puppet Theater Company (北京皮影劇團). The production is a contemporary shadow puppet show that includes animation and film.
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Only remaining tickets are for Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Borrowing Arrows With Boats (草船借箭) by If Kids Theater Company (如果兒童劇團) is a child-friendly, comic rendition of a chapter from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義) in which Zhuge Liang (諸葛亮) uses clever tactics to steal ammunition from the enemy.
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Once Upon a Time, in 8-12 (小七爆炸事件) by Action 1911 (1911劇團) takes its cue from the omnipresent 7-Eleven convenience stores to tell the stories of seven individuals who find themselves at such a shop on a rainy night.
■ 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)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$480, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
All U People Theater (全民大劇團), the multimedia group that produced the wildly popular spoof politics TV show The Largest Political Party (全民最大黨), turns its satirical eye to soap operas starring entertainment industry idols for Crazy Idol Soap (瘋狂偶像劇). The show stars TV soap actor James Wen (溫昇豪) as a successful TV producer who coaches supporting actress Megan Lai (賴雅妍) on how to become a female lead.
■ Metropolitan Hall (台北市社教館城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$2,400 to NT$3,000, available online at www.artsticket.com.tw and through 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Kaohsiung City Ballet (高雄城市芭蕾舞團) presents the ninth instalment of its Dance Shoe series, which aims to provide young choreographers with a platform to perform in public. Dance Shoe 2012 (2012點子鞋) is composed of works by six choreographers, including Yan Feng-hsi (顏鳳曦), Ke Tzu-chun (柯姿君) and Wu Cheng-en (吳承恩).
■ Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihshan Hall (高雄市文化中心至善廳), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)
■ Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Martin Stadtfeld 2012 Piano Recital (史岱費爾德首度抵台鋼琴獨奏會) brings the German pianist, winner of Leipzig’s International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in 2002, to Taipei for a performance at the National Concert Hall. The program includes J.S. Bach’s English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809, and Preludio, Gavotte en Rondo and Gigue from Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (arranged for solo piano by Sergei Rachmaninov).
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei
■ Tuesday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$2,500, available from 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. Tonight, it’s American metal band Lamb of God, with local metal heroes Chthonic(閃靈) opening the show. Tomorrow, British indie rock group The Horrors take to the stage, with an opening set from Taipei indie outfit My Skin Against Your Skin. A-Lin (黃麗玲), the two-time Golden Melody Award-nominated Aboriginal songstress, plays a sold-out show on Saturday. On Sunday, the venue hosts indie-pop band We Save Strawberries (草莓救星), and on Wednesday it’s world music/jazz multi-instrumentalist and singer Paige Su (蘇珮卿).