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Theater

With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, the Disney-funded musical Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s 1871 opera that tells the tale of the ill-fated romance between Egyptian general Radames and a Nubian slave, Aida. The production premiered on Broadway in 2000 and won four Tony Awards the same year.

■ National Theater, Taipei City

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

■ Tickets are NT$800 to NT$5,800, available through www.kham.com.tw and 7-Eleven ibon, FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort and Hi-Life (萊爾富) Life-ET kiosks

The Taiwan Women Theatre Festival 2012 (第五屆女節) continues this weekend with three theatrical productions, including Pisui Ciyo’s Silencio (寂靜時刻), which fuses the ancient chanting of the Atayal (泰雅) tribe, flamingo and northern Indian music with Aboriginal dance and ethnographic images. 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

Monkey the Great (猴賽雷), the latest work by EX-Theatre Asia (EX-亞洲劇團), is a return to an Oriental tradition of oral narrative that blends songs and dances and tells of a monkey’s quest to learn about human civilization. The production is in Hakka, Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), Amis and an Indian dialect as the troupe believes language is not a prerequisite to understanding theater.

■ The Red House Theater (西門紅樓), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei City (台北市成都路10號)

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

■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Being staged as part of Green Ray Theater’s ongoing “world theater” series, Proof (求證) is a local adaptation of David Auburn’s Pulitzer-winning play of the same title, which explores the affection and trust between a father and a daughter after the discovery of a proof of a mathematical theorem written in a notebook.

■ 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 and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$2,000, available through ERA ticketing and online at www.ticket.com.tw

A collaboration between Taiwan’s Song Song Song Children’s and Puppet Theatre (九歌兒童劇團) and theater director Ivica Simic from Mala Scena Theatre in Croatia, The Tempest is a children-friendly rendition of William Shakespeare’s play of the same name.

■ Da-Dong Cultural Center (大東文化藝術中心), 161 Guangyuan Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市光遠路161號), next to KMRT Dadong Station (高雄捷運大東站)

■ Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Classical music

Academy of St Martin in the Fields (英國聖馬丁學院管弦樂團) will perform in Taipei and Tainan next week in a concert featuring violin soloist Vilde Frang, with the orchestra conducted by Jonathan Cohen. The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major and Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major.

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