Ping-Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班) is reviving Wedding Memories (女兒紅), a semi-biographical play based on the life story of artistic director Hugh Lee’s (李國修) mother that premiered in 2003. The story centers on an obedient girl in China who, in an attempt to prevent a family scandal, volunteers to marry the man who impregnated her younger sister.
■ Metropolitan Hall (台北市社教館城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Kaohsiung City Ballet (高雄城市芭蕾舞團) presents the ninth iteration 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 Dominique Yen (顏鳳曦), Ko Tzu-chun (柯姿君) and Wu Cheng-en (吳承恩).
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$450, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
An operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra and Her Fools (艷后和她的小丑們) by the National Guoguang Opera Company (國立國光劇團) spans the spectrum from traditional Beijing opera to contemporary musical styles. The production stars opera diva Wei Hai-min (魏海敏). Chi Wei-jan (紀蔚然), a major figure in the world of experimental theater, wrote the script.
■ Chungshan Hall (台中市文化局中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Greater Taichung (台中市學士路98號)
■ Saturday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
In La Naissance (初生), Flying-Group Theatre’s (飛人集社劇團) critically acclaimed puppet production, a girl finds an egg inside the mouth of a whale. Together the girl and the whale embark on a magical journey.
■ Yilan Performance Hall (宜蘭演藝廳), 482, Jhongshan Rd Sec 2, Yilan City (宜蘭市中山路二段482號)
■ Tuesday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$250, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Shen Yun Performing Arts 2012 Taiwan Tour (神韻晚會) ends this week in Taoyuan with a new lineup of dances, songs and music. Founded with the aim of preserving China’s richly diverse history of artistic achievement, Shen Yun claims to be “the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.”
■ Taoyuan County Performing Arts Center (桃園縣展演中心), 1188 Jhongjheng Rd, Taoyuan City (桃園市中正路1188號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10am
■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$5,000, available through ERA ticketing and online at www.ticket.com.tw
NCO Kids Series — “Who” Is Wu-song Fighting?! (NCO童心系列親子音樂會 — 武松打Who?!) is a collaboration between the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (台灣國家國樂團) and the Paper Windmill Theater (紙風車劇團). The production is a fun and family-friendly piece of musical theater that mixes Chinese opera, martial arts, traditional folk music with rap and pop to reinterpret the famous folk story of Wu Song and the Tiger (武松打虎). Only a small number of tickets remain for this popular mixture of the traditional and the contemporary.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Seediq Bale Symphonic Poem (賽德克巴萊電影交響詩音樂會) saw its world premiere last month as part of the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival (高雄春天藝術節). The work was inspired by Taiwan’s cinematic historical extravaganza Seediq Bale (賽德克‧巴萊), and was commissioned by the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra (高雄市交響樂團) and composed by Ricky Ho (何國杰).