National Theater & Concert Hall’s upcoming shows mainly local

Taipei,  Ticket sales began Tuesday for shows for the rest of the year organized by the National Theater & Concert Hall in Taipei, which are mostly local productions, the operators of the venue said Tuesday.

A total of 14 programs will be presented over the next three months, including two that had been postponed earlier in the year because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the operators said.

One of the two shows is “Resonance: Into the Maze,” an immersive multimedia work by M.O.V.E Theatre, in which percussionists perform in a space with special sound effects and installation works. It will be staged at the black box-styled Experimental Theater Nov. 20-22.

The other show that had been postponed is “One Person on the Sea” by composer Chen Chien-chi (陳建騏), which will be presented Nov. 26.

There will also be two free programs — “Outbreak” by director Fangas Nayaw, a play about food safety issues, and “Bando,” a musical that features Taiwan’s outdoor banquets.

“Outbreak” will be staged Oct. 20-25 at Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab, while “Bando” will be presented at the National Theater & Concert Hall plaza on Nov. 14.

“Bando,” which premiered late last year, was forced to suspend a national tour because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, two foreign artists are scheduled to perform in October and November, despite Taiwan’s travel restrictions and quarantine rules, the venue operators said in a statement.

Agnés Mateus of Spain will give four solo performances titled “Rebota rebota y en tu cara explota” Nov. 5-8 at the Experimental Theater, according to the statement.

The other foreign artist is French director Damien Chardonnet-Darmaillacq, who will work with local actors to stage “Love and Money,” an adaptation of a novel of the same title, at the Experimental Theater Oct. 9-11, the operators said.

According to the statement, ticket sales have been promising for several other shows at the venue, including Contemporary Legend Theatre’s “King Lear” Sept. 24-27, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s “Sounding Light” Oct. 1-4, and Legend Lin Dance Theatre’s “Anthem to the Fading Flowers” Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

The one-man version of “King Lear,” which will be performed by Chinese opera actor Wu Hsing-kuo (吳興國) for the last time in Taiwan, was almost sold out last week, and extra tickets were made available, according to the ticketing site.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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