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British theater to take center stage

CURTAIN RAISER Three top class theater groups will perform at the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center in what organizers promise will be a feast of the arts

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center will stage the World View Series 2003 (世界之窗2003系列), featuring British theater, in September and October, the center announced yesterday.

"The World View Series 2003 will introduce the performing arts of a specific country to Taiwanese audiences every year in an organized and systematic manner. The United Kingdom is the country with the most dynamic creative industry," said Ju-zong Ching (朱宗慶), the center's general director. "We hope that Taiwanese audiences can experience the most creative performing arts of the United Kingdom."

"Creative industry depends on creativity. While creative thinking and creative programming are of equal importance," said Gordon Slaven, director of the British Council Taipei, which is cooperating with the cultural center for the World View of Britain series.

"We are happy to collaborate with the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center as a platform to showcase and introduce some of the most unique and dynamic performing arts to Taiwan," he said.

Three of the most popular and avant-garde theater groups in the United Kingdom will take part in the event.

Bobby Baker, an independent artist who has been named "a superstar housewife with irresistible charm," will perform her Box Story, which earned enormous acclaim in the London International Festival of Theatre in 2001.

Scottish Theatre Babel will stage Thebans, adapted from the Greek tragedy Oedipus, the Phoenician Women and Antigone, which will premiere in Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2003.

The Station House Opera, famous for site-specific performances, will stage Roadmetal, Sweetbread in the World View Series.

Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra will close the program. Ashkenazy, who has been to Taiwan several times, will lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in performing the music of Mozart, Elgar, Mahler and Shostakovich as conductor and pianist.

Ju said that France is the next country that the World View Series will focus on. Germany and Russia are being considered for the future, Ju said.

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