The American Ballet Theater will return to Taipei after an absence of 12 years for four days of performances opening tomorrow with a gala performance today, followed by four full-length performances of La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer). The gala evening will include George Balanchine’s 1943 ballet Apollo and Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Divisions, which premiered in New York last year.
■ Today 7:30pm (gala performance); tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$1,800 to NT$8,000 (for both gala performance and La Bayadere); available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The 2012 International Festival of Dance Academies opens Wednesday (July 18) with performances by groups from Purchase College, New York and the Beijing Dance Academy. The festival, which runs through to July 21, also includes performances by groups from The Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Kobe College and the University of Auckland.
■ Four performances from July 18 to July 21 at 7:30pm
■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tickets are NT$600; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
On Sunday, conductor Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉) will discuss the National Symphony Orchestra’s highly anticipated performances of Madama Butterfly, which starts July 25, as part of the Meet With Maestro Lu series.
■ Sunday at 2pm
■ The National Symphony Orchestra’s third floor recital hall the National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are free for people who have National Symphony Orchestra season passes or supporter cards.
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight is The Next Big Thing (見證大團) featuring acts chosen by users of music networking Web site Streetvoice.com. They are Murky Crows (昏鴉), Zoe Huang (黃玠瑋), Random (隨性) and KoOk (庫克). Sandee Chan (陳珊妮) appears tomorrow as part of Legacy’s series showcasing female singers. Saturday’s show is A Good Day’s Lian-Lian-Kan Festival (風和日麗連連看) with a cross-genre collaboration between rappers Soft Lipa (蛋堡) and singer-songwriter Dadado Huang (黃玠). The Lian-Lian-Kan Festival continues on Sunday with Bear Babes (熊寶貝), Waa Wei (魏如萱), Chen Chien-chi (陳建騏).
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Shows start at 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and 4pm Sunday.
■ Tickets are NT$200 tonight, NT$1,000 tomorrow and NT$800 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw or www.legacy.com.tw and at ibon electronics kiosks at 7-Eleven stores.
Metal bands Black Friday, Pink Noise (粉紅噪音) and Bouncy Mental (包子饅頭) play tonight at The Wall (這牆). Tomorrow night is DJ Crush’s 20th anniversary party, with DJs JJ, Point and Chicano spinning with Messeffect, Chang Jui-chuan (張睿銓) and Endospace (煙花宇宙). Piko, a Japanese singer who rose to fame on video sharing Web site Nico Nico Douga, appears on Saturday. Sunday’s lineup includes metalcore groups Losing Art (漂浮者), Greasy Jelly For Mercy Killing, Morals Abyss(道德深淵) and Zangief.