Gardenia by the Belgian company Les Ballets C de la B is a dance/theater production that calls into question the existing idea of gender identity. The nine middle-aged male performers are in real life transgender, transvestite or homosexual.
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Taiwan Women Theatre Festival 2012 (第五屆女節) starts this weekend with three theatrical productions, including Ho Hsien-ku’s Fantasies (何仙姑的幻想), which deals with a lone woman’s struggle to make ends meet in Taipei. Led by a team of four local programmers, including Betsy Lan (藍貝芝) and Tu Hsih-hue (杜思慧), the festival is composed of 10 productions by female artists from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia and runs through June 3. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/TaiwanWTF.
■ 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)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$660, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Tea House Theatre of Taipei (台北大碗茶) presents a series of works of folk performance arts including crosstalk (相聲), a once-popular style of Chinese comedy, and bamboo allegro (竹板快書), a form of entertainment in which performers tell stories by reciting lines that are short and rhythmic.
■ The Red House Theater (西門紅樓), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei City (台北市成都路10號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Directed by Liao Chin-wang (廖金旺) from Dark Eyes Performance Lab (黑眼睛跨劇團), The Bald Soprano (禿頭女高音的不標準時間) is a localized production of Eugene Ionesco’s 1948 play The Bald Soprano.
■ 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
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 tale 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.
■ Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihteh Hall (高雄市文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)
■ Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc (法國聖馬克兒童合唱團) presents the highly popular children’s choir from France. The children, aged 10 to 15, have won the hearts of audiences around the world. The group acquired a huge fan base in Taiwan after the success of Christophe Barratier’s film Les Choristes, and has been a regular visitor since then. The French answer to the Vienna Boys Choir (though this choir has both boys and girls), the Petits Chanteurs will perform a program that includes many sacred music favorites and selections of film and pop music.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm (Hsinchu), Monday at 7:30pm (Tainan), Wednesday at 7:30pm (Taipei) and May 17 at 7:30pm (Yuanlin)