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An updated fairytale and very modern dances

Yilan County-born Lin Mei-hong has brought her ‘The Little Mermaid’ from Austria to Taichung, where TAO Dance Theater will also be appearing, while the Sydney Dance Company is in Kaohsiung with two works, including one by Cheng Tsung-lung

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Tao’s works are titled simply by the number of dancers in each.

In Taichung, the company will perform 5, created in 2013 and seen during the 2014 visit, and 9, which premiered last year and broke with Tao’s pattern of repetition, with the dancers moving individually as well as collectively.

The NTT was one of five in Europe, Asia and Australia to coproduce 9.

The show runs about 75 minutes, including an intermission, but the theater warns that latecomers will not be admitted.

Down at the beautiful new Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center, the Sydney Dance Company is making a return appearance in Taiwan with a double bill of Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris and Full Moon (大明) by Cloud Gate 2 (雲門 2) artistic director Cheng Tsung-lung (鄭宗龍).

Lux Tenebris explores light and darkness to an electronic score by composer Nick Wales, with costumes by Aleisa Jelbart and lighting and stage design by Benjamin Cisterne.

Full Moon, which premiered in April last year and was Cheng’s first major work for a non-Taiwanese company, is a dance about the power of the moon and Chinese mythology about the moon, as told through eight characters.

It is set to a score by Lim Giong (林強), with costumes by Fan Huai-chih (范懷之), who did such amazing work for Cheng’s Dream Catcher (捕夢) for Cloud Gate 2, which premiered in October last year.

For dance fans who want to stay in Taipei, there is the 13th Tsai Jui-Yueh International Dance Festival (第十三屆蔡瑞月國際舞蹈節) (see “The intersection of politics, rights and dance” on page 13 in yesterday’s paper) and the Taiwan International Darkness Dance Festival (台灣國際黯黑舞蹈節) at Huashan 1914 Creative Park’s (華山1914文化創意產業園區) Umay Theater (烏梅劇院).

The Darkness festival opens today, with three performances — 9am, 2pm and 6pm — and a fourth on Saturday at 7pm, but there are just a handful of seats left for each of the shows.

This story has been updated since it was first published.

Performance Notes

WHAT: The Little Mermaid

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

WHERE: The Grand Theater at the National Taichung Theater (台中國家歌劇院), 101, Huilai Rd Sec 2, Taichung City (台中市惠來路二段101號)

ADMISSION: NT$700 to NT$2,200; available at the NTT box office, online at www.artsticket.com.tw and at convenience store ticket kiosks. There are just a score of NT$1,500 tickets left for Saturday’s show, but lots of options for Sunday’s

WHAT: TAO Dance Theater: 5 & 9

WHEN: Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

WHERE: The Playhouse at the National Taichung Theater (台中國家歌劇院) 101, Huilai Rd Sec 2, Taichung City (台中市惠來路二段101號)

ADMISSION: NT$500 to NT$1,200; available at the NTT box office, online at www.artsticket.com.tw and at convenience store ticket kiosks

WHAT: Lux Tenebris & Full Moon

WHEN: Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

WHERE: The Playhouse at the Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center (衛武營國家藝術文化中心) 1, Sanduo 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市三多一路1號)

ADMISSION: NT$300 to NT$1,600; available at the Weiwuying box office, online at www.artsticket.com.tw and at convenience store ticket kiosks

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