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Events and entertainment listings

Staff reporters

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Operas Old and New by Li Bao-chun (李寶春精演新老戲) presents a program of established works, including classics and new productions created by the Taipei Li-yuan Peking Opera Theater (台北新劇團). Li will reprise his innovative reworking of Morart’s Rigoletto in The Jester (弄臣), followed by his reworking of Zhao Kuang-yin (趙匡胤).

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm (The Jester) and Sunday at 3:00pm (Zhao Kuang-yin)

■ Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,500; available through ERA ticketing and online at

The Mercedes Benz Classical Arts Festival presents the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater’s production of Swan Lake. The choreography is from Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s 1985 production, with revisions by Konstantin Sergeyev.

■ Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm

■ National Theater, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$6,800; available through ERA ticketing and online at

Legend Opera II — B.Box of Brother and Sister II (B.Box兄妹串戲II— 那一年,我們都挨打) is another production in Contemporary Legend Theater’s (當代傳奇劇場) Legendary Classic Drama Series. This daring mix of Beijing opera and contemporary slapstick aims to show that operatic skills are as pertinent to making good contemporary theater entertainment as they ever were.

■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Auditorium of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, 21 Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei City (台北市中山南路21號)

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,500; available through NTCH ticketing and online at

Just Play It (彈琴說愛), a musical theater production by Performance Workshop written and directed by Ismene Ting (丁乃箏) and featuring pianist John Vaughan. This production follows on from the hugely popular tour of Taiwan and China that the show enjoyed in 2010. Just Play It creates something inspirational and warm-hearted from the simplest musical and dramatic elements, proof once again that Performance Workshop remains at the forefront of Taiwan’s creative development in theater.

■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ 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$500 to NT$1,500; available through NTCH ticketing and online at

Classical music

The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra pays a visit to Taiwan, with a program at the National Concert Hall that includes Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture to the Tsar’s Bride and Rachmanioff’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 27, E minor. The concert will be conducted by Yu Long (余隆) and features cellist Jian Wang (王健).

■ Tonight at 7:30pm

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing and online at

Staatskapelle Dresden, formed in 1548 and one of the world’s oldest orchestras, performs on Sunday at the National Concert Hall. The concert, which will be conducted by Christian Thielemann, is sold out, but will be broadcast in the plaza outside of the concert hall.

■ Sunday, 7:30pm

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Sold out, but free admission to the outdoor broadcast at the Main Plaza of the National Concert Hall.


Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight the venue hosts the reunion show of legendary 1990s riot grrl/punk band Ladybug (瓢蟲), which the band says will be their one and only reunion. Either way, it will be a show that fans of Taiwanese underground rock shouldn’t miss. Tomorrow’s show with comedy rockers Wonfu (旺福) is sold out.

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