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Theater

Shanghai Yueju Opera House (上海越劇院) presents a selection of operas at the National Theater. Yueju is a style of opera that was established in the Shanghai and Zhejiang areas of China in the early part of last century and has since developed into the second most popular form of traditional operatic performance in China, second only to Beijing opera. Shanghai Yueju Opera House was established in 1955 and is one of the most respected groups practicing this form of opera. Four different programs will be presented over the weekend. Detailed program information and the performers featured can be found at the Ars Formosa Web site at www.arsformosa.com.tw.

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

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Lab No. 1 by Short One Player is an experimental theater work that explores the uses of physical expression to delve into abstract questions of manifesting our innermost thoughts. The performance group was established in 2003 by a group of young performers eager to inject a new vitality and interactivity into Taiwanese theater.

■ Today through Sunday at 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ 2F Eastern Factory Block (東向製菸工廠2樓), Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區), 133 Guangfu S Rd, Taipei City (台北市光復南路133號)

■ Tickets are NT$550; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

I am Beautiful Facetival (做臉不輸 — 小美容藝術節), a series of performance art installations by Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group takes as its theme the current passion for plastic surgery and body enhancement that is sweeping the region, putting their own ironic twist on the subject.

■ Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm; the series continues next weekend from July 5 through July 8

■ Nanhai Gallery (南海藝廊), 3, Ln 19, Chongqing S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市重慶南路二段19巷3號)

■ Tickets are NT$600; available through NTCH and online at www.artticket.com.tw

Nushu (女書) by the Water Reflection Dance Ensemble (水影舞集) takes its inspiration from a kind of poetry written in China’s Hunan Province primarily as a way through which women could express themselves and their innermost feelings. Choreographer Tan Hui-chen (譚惠貞) and the dancers of the ensemble give this ancient and mostly unseen style of expression and physical presence on the stage.

■ Tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ National Experimental Theater, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$500; available through NTCH and online at www.artticket.com.

Classical music

The National Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the late conductor Rudolf Barshai tomorrow night. The orchestra’s string ensemble will perform Barshai’s arrangements of String Quartet No. 2 from Borodin’s Chamber Symphony, String Quartet No.1 from Tchaikovsky’s String Symphony and String Quartet No. 8 from Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony. The performance also features the premiere of Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom for String Orchestra by Chen Shih-hui (陳士惠).

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

On Saturday afternoon, the Taipei Zanying Chinese Orchestra (台北簪纓國樂) performs classical Chinese music under a theme entitled Fantasy — The Butterfly Emerges (狂想-破蛹).

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