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Seven major groups set to perform at Shanghai Expo

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Seven major performing groups, including Ming Hua Yuan and U-Theatre, will bring their popular shows to Shanghai in June as the Taipei City Government opens Taipei Culture Week on June 3 to promote the city’s arts and culture.

Taipei Culture Week, which will run until June 28 as part of the Shanghai Expo, will begin with an exhibition of collections from the Taipei Fine Arts Museum to promote works by Taiwanese artists.

The city government has also invited acclaimed performance groups Ming Hua Yuan, U-­Theatre, Contemporary Legend Theater, Ping-Fong Acting Troupe, Guoguang Opera Company, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra to present their popular works during the event.

Chen Sheng-fu (陳勝福), director of Ming Hua Yuan, a well-known Taiwanese opera troupe, said the group would perform its classic The Legend of White Snake at Shanghai Hongkou soccer stadium during the Dragon Boat Festival on June 16, and wow the audience with the highlight of the show, in which water would be hosed down the stadium.

The U-Theatre will present its famed The Sound of the Ocean during the event.

U-Theatre artistic director Liu Rou-yu (劉若瑀) said the seven performing groups had visited Shanghai many times to prepare for the show in June.

“All of the seven performing groups have played a key role in the development of performing arts in Taiwan, and we are confident we can conquer Shanghai with the power of arts and culture,” she said.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the event would also feature a film festival showcasing about 10 local films, including classics and recent hits such as Monga (艋舺).

Hau will fly to Shanghai on April 30 to attend the opening of the expo’s Taipei Hall on May 1. He will visit Shanghai again in June to promote the Taipei Culture Week.

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