The Lucky Purse (鎖麟囊), a production of the classic modern Beijing opera by the National GuoGuang Opera Company (國立國光劇團) is a solid production by Taiwan’s most accomplished opera troupes.
■ Sunday 2:30pm
■ Guoguang Theater (國光劇場), 8-1, Ln 66, Muzha Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市木柵路三段66巷8號之1)
■ Tickets are NT$200 and NT$300; available through ERA ticketing and online at www.tickets.com.tw
Rakugo Show (桂春蝶落語秀) by Japanese performer Shunchou Katsura, an expert in the art of one-man crosstalk, who reprises many roles through expressive voice changes in the course of telling an interesting story.
■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Dadaocheng Theater (大稻埕戲苑), 9F, 21, Dihua St Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市迪化街一段21號9樓)
■ Tickets are NT$500 and NT$800; available at NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Eight Immortal Fairies Series — Royal Uncle Cao (八仙傳奇系列 — 曹國舅) is part of an ongoing production by the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group (明華園戲劇團), one of the foremost exponents of Taiwanese gezai opera.
■ Today at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 2:30pm
■ Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County (新竹縣文化局演藝廳), 146 Hsiancheng 9th Rd, Chupei City, Hsinchu County (新竹縣竹北市縣政九路146號)
■ Tickets are NT$200 to NT$1,200; available at NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Happy Solitude Show (快樂孤獨秀) by the veteran Clippers Band and Ying Wei-Min (夾子電動大樂隊 — 小應), combines diverse elements such as “video projection, live singing and drama performance, and installation art, creating a festive atmosphere in an attempt to highlight the contrasting loneliness of man in an urban setting.” The production is a collaboration with Japanese artist Asako Otsuka.
■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)
■ Tickets are NT$660; available at NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Blooming Enlightenment (花蕊渡河) by the U-Theater (優表演藝術劇團) opens at a small venue in Changhua before its big five-performance run in Taipei mid-October. The new production of a tried and tested show, released to great applause in 2011, gives the youth division of the performance group a chance to go through their paces, and serves as a pronouncement by the theater group that it has successors to its tradition.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ At the Yuanlin Performance Hall (員林演藝廳) located at 99, Ln 2, Chungcheng Rd, Yuanlin Township, Changhua County (彰化縣員林鎮中正路2巷99號)
■ Tickets are NT$350 to NT$1,800; available at NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
ImproVoice and The Passion of the Soul, are performances that are part of the 2012 Summer Move — Interdisciplinary Spectrum (舞上癮) series being hosted by the Taipei Artists Village (台北國際藝術村). Performed by Ralf Peters, a performance artist from Germany, as co-director of the ensemble KorperSchafftKlang and as a voice teacher and a reciter. He is also a doctor of philosophy and tries to explore the philosophical and artistic aspects of the human voice.
■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm (ImproVoice); Sunday at 2:30pm (The Passion of the Soul)
■ Barry Room, Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村百里廳), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號),
■ Tickets are NT$150; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Nine Songs (九歌), a reprise of Cloud Gate’s (雲門舞集) classic production opens tonight in Tainan before coming back to Taipei Sept. 13 for a massive run of nine shows.