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TAIPEI TIMES • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
BY DIANE BAkER
A moving picture T
he Taipei Folk Dance
happily celebrated its 20th
anniversary last year with a
Tsai and Lin then turned
to two men who have often
worked with the company,
Hu Min-shan (胡民山) and Guo
feeling of ‘Eastern-ness’ is
rooted in our minds, not the
movements. I wanted to find
something different from
program that reflected the Ruei-ling’s (郭瑞林), to fill out the big, senior Taiwanese
company’s history of interpreting the program. choreographers like Lin Hwai-
Taiwanese culture while giving Hu’s Tales of Marvels min (林懷民) or my mother,” he
new meaning to tradition. About Po Jieh (婆姐傳奇), or said in a telephone interview.
Founder and artistic director the “great aunts legend” takes The work conveys a very
Tsai Li-hua (蔡麗華), who has its inspiration from a folk “Eastern” image, he said, about
built both an academic and a tale about the 12 pojieh, the seeing the world indirectly
creative career on research masked female attendants of through the reflections on the
and recording the music and deities at Taoist temples who surface of a lake. The second
movements of ethnic dances, help women during pregnancy image he drew upon was leaves
WHAT: Taipei Folk Dance Theatre’s had every reason to feel proud of and childbirth. falling in autumn and winter,
Dancing Portrait of Taiwan (舞語台灣) her achievements. Guo’s Community Bulletin “falling and circling in the air.”
WHEN: Tonight and tomorrow at Health concerns, however, (社區公告) examines traditional When asked why he chose
7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm forced her to take a background movements, but from a more to work with just five dancers
WHERE: Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, role in the company’s new modern perspective — the instead of the entire troupe, Lin
Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路 production, Dancing Portrait popularity of qigong, tai chi Wen-chung laughed and said it
三段25號) of Taiwan (舞語台灣), as she and yoga classes at community was based on simple economics
ADMISSION: Tickets are NT$400 to was recovering from a stroke centers nationwide — all set to — and his own work ethic.
NT$1,500, available through www.art- last year. Luckily, she has a a classic Taiwanese ballad. “I demand high quality from
sticket.com.tw or at the NTCH box office. dedicated administrative team, Lin said his 23-minute-long the dancers, but we have limited
The performance is only listed on the a strong group of dancers and piece, Reflections in a Lake rehearsal time because of
Chinese-language version of the Web a talented son, Lin Wen-chung (湖映), proved to be a huge everyone’s schedules,” he said.
site, not the English-language one (林文中), who has inherited his challenge for him. While he had “The rehearsal fee system here
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE: Nov. 14 mother’s capacity for hard work. collaborated with his mother means that with five dancers
at 7:30pm at the Chiayi Performing Arts In addition to running his last year on her Wild Taiwan I could have four months’
Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心演藝廳), 265, own small modern dance (狂想台灣), he had never tried to rehearsal time. So it was a
Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minhsiung Township, company, WCdance, the 35- create a folk dance before. choice — we could have 10
Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段 year-old Lin also pitched in at “It’s unlike any other piece dancers for two months or five
265號). Tickets are NT$350 to NT$850 his mother’s troupe and created I’ve done ... I didn’t want to dancers for four months.”
one of the works on this use any ‘traditional’ gestures It wasn’t a tough decision, he
Photo courtesy of taiPei folk dance theatre weekend’s program. or dance movements. The said, because he’s perfectionist.
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT THE VINYL WORD
BY TOM LEEMING
online at www.ticket.com.tw Peter-Lukas Graf Flute Recital ■ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, ■ 1F, 218 Changchun Rd, Taipei City (台
Theater The Taipei Folk Dance Theater’s (台北民
(葛拉夫長笛演奏會), part of the 2009
International Flute Festival (2009國際長
Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷
2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電
北市長春路218號1樓). Tel: (02) 2508-
0304. On the Net: www.cosmo.com.tw
族舞團) latest production, Dancing 笛藝術節), features flautist Peter-Lukas 大樓). Tel: (02) 2368-7310. On the Net: ■ 8:30pm to 11pm on Wednesday
M.O.V.E. Theater Group (動見体劇團) Portrait of Taiwan (舞語台灣), Graf performing arrangements of www.riverside.com.tw ■ No entrance fee
kicks off the 14th Crown Art Festival features works by three male works by Schubert, Chopin, Bartok and ■ Shows start at 9:30pm tonight and
(皇冠藝術節) with My Angel and choreographers, including Kuo Jui-lin Paganini. He will be accompanied by 9pm tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. EZ5 Live House hosts Mando-pop
Demon: Sleeping Beauty (我的天 (郭瑞林) and Hu Min-shan (胡民山), who Hsu Chia-chi (徐嘉琪) on the piano. Open jam starts at 9pm. For a list of singers backed by a live band every
使魔鬼—睡美人), which looks at sex find inspiration in rural southern Taiwan. ■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm standard songs and ground rules, visit night. Highlights for the week include
and love through the eyes of a [See story above.] ■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City the venue’s Web site beloved female singer Tiger Huang
melancholy woman. The festival runs ■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, ■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, ■ Entrance fee is NT$400 tonight and (黃小琥), who performs two sets every
through Nov. 29. Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德 available through NTCH ticketing or tomorrow, NT$500 on Sunday and Monday, and male crooner Huang
■ Crown Theater (皇冠藝術中心小劇場), 路三段25號) online at www.artsticket.com.tw NT$150 on Monday Chung-yuan (黃中原), who performs
50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台 ■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, every Friday.
北市敦化北路120巷50號). On the Net: Sunday at 2:30pm All Time Russian Favorites (俄國 Goofy rocker A Chord (謝和弦) and ■ 211, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北
www.ntat.org/14caf ■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, 經典之夜) is a concert by the Taipei Sea Level (海平面樂團) appear 市安和路二段211號). Tel: (02) 2738-3995.
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow available through NTCH ticketing or Symphony Orchestra (臺北市立交響樂 tonight at Riverside Live House On the Net: visit www.ez5.com.tw
at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday online at www.artsticket.com.tw 團) with guest conductor Gennady (西門紅樓展演館). Newcomer Mando- ■ Music shows run from 9:45pm to
at 2:30pm Rozhdestvensky, pianist Viktoria pop singer Zhang Jing (張婧) takes 12:30am
■ Tickets are NT$450, available Dark Eyes Performance Lab (黑眼睛跨劇 Postnikova and violinist Sasha the stage tomorrow. On Sunday solo ■ Entrance fee (includes two drinks) irst up, mad props to the effort makers this year.
through NTCH ticketing or online at 團) presents its adaptation of Scottish Rozhdestvensky. The program act Mia Tzeng (曾鈺婷) performs to ranges from NT$600 to NT$850, Some incredible outfits were in the mix and with
www.artsticket.com.tw playwright David Harrower’s Blackbird, a includes Haydn’s Concerto for Violin, promote her first release Faith in Love depending on the performer Taiwan LGBT Pride being a huge success it seems last
play that raises questions about Piano and String Orchestra, Schnittke’s (相信‧愛). On Thursday the venue Saturday was a pretty impressive day. Best thing heard
Known previously for its innovative morality through the tale of a pedophile Concerto Grosso No. 6 for Piano, Violin hosts Chinese-Canadian rock outfit Tonight 89k in Taichung hosts was the mash-up clown on the mic in front of thousands
attempts to make Beijing opera and his victim. and String Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s io, winner of this year’s ICRT Battle of two punk groups, Inhuman Species telling everyone to be gay and the MC explaining that gay
relevant to contemporary audiences ■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台 Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64. the Bands, new garage rock band (非人物種) and Eyeball Killer (眼球殺 meant “happy.” It is a shame Red Square continues to
by combining it with elements of 南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd ■ Sunday at 2:30pm Icon Girl Pistols and rock group 手). Country-western outfit Way blare out nondescript boring house from every angle and
Western theater, Contemporary Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段 ■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City Picks (痞克四), who are perhaps best- Soon and Dirty Skies, a rock from different sound systems in a cacophony of white
Legend Theatre (當代傳奇劇場) is 332號) ■ Tickets are NT$200 to NT$1,000, known for their song Fly Away, from and cowpunk band, take to the noise, smothering any sense of cohesiveness. Get on it
for the first time in its 23-year history ■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, available through NTCH ticketing or the sound track to the hit film Orz stage tomorrow. and triangulate please.
staging traditional Beijing opera Sunday at 2:30pm online at www.artsticket.com.tw Boyz (囧男孩). ■ 21 Daguan Rd, Nantun Dist, Taichung Well done to the many who avoided the obvious
performances. The remaining two ■ Tickets are NT$500, available ■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西 City (台中市南屯區大觀路21號) Michael Jackson tie-in and went out for something
shows to be performed this weekend through NTCH ticketing or online at The Boston Conservatory Piano 寧南路177號). Tel: (02) 2370-8805. On ■ Shows start at 10pm different. How could he be beaten anyway?
are Young Heroes (英雄美少年) and www.artsticket.com.tw Trio (極光森林—波士頓音樂院鋼琴三 the Net: www.riverside.com.tw ■ Entrance is NT$300 After dropping in on Underworld on a whim and
Loves That Topple Empires (傾國之戀). 重奏), featuring Chuang Ya-fei (莊雅斐) ■ Shows start at 8:30pm tonight, 8pm expecting something a bit lame, it was a treat to walk into
Both are sold out. The stellar cast is led on piano, Lynn Chang (張萬鈞) on tomorrow, 7:30pm on Sunday, 8:30pm Tonight Roxy Roots hosts a Latin a heaving rave with the Taiwanese massive all jumping in
by Beijing opera innovator Wu Hsing-
kuo (吳興國) and diva Wei Hai-min (魏
Classical music violin and Rhonda Rider on cello, will
perform a program including
■ Entrance fee is NT$400 tonight,
night with live music from Taipei
Latin Soul, with DJs Jose and Kola
union to one of the best sets heard in a while by, who else
— Spykee. Electric screaming house had the kids going
海敏). Performances are in Mandarin Beethoven’s Trio for Violin, Piano and NT$300 tomorrow, NT$350 on spinning tunes until the wee hours. psycho, aided and abetted by a cast of superbly dressed
with Chinese and English subtitles. Lilya Zilberstein Piano Recital Cello in B-Flat Major, Op. 11, Chopin’s Sunday and NT$400 Thursday. Tickets Tomorrow is an open blues jam hosted characters including a full horse head replica from one
■ National Theater, Taipei City (齊柏絲坦鋼琴獨奏會) sees the Russian Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 and can purchased online through by Bopomofo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ) to promote creative drama troupe girl who head-bobbed throughout
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, pianist Lilya Lilberstein performing Brahms’ Trio for Violin, Piano and Cello www.riverside.com.tw/livehouse or next weekend’s Blues Bash festival. the whole thing up front and center.
Sunday at 2:30pm two concerts in Taiwan with a in B Major, Op. 8. tickets.books.com.tw Next week, the venue starts its With a lack of foreigners it was like a miniature The
■ Sold out program including Beethoven’s Piano ■ Sunday at 2:30pm Wednesday Nights at Roots series, Wall. And these Taiwanese hipsters know how to move.
Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 and Piano ■ Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and Experimental electronica act starting with folk and rock from Unfortunately the DJ following Spykee was a little out of
This weekend the Koo Foundation’s (辜 Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 Maestro Henry Mazer Music and Shishukong (屍術控) and indie Australian expat Joe Lee. his depth musically, as most would be, but the warm and
公亮文教基金會) new program, New “Appassionata” and Brahms’ Eight Culture (台北愛樂暨梅哲音樂文化館), rockers Macbeth (馬克白) share the ■ 90 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松 hospitable crowd kept going and didn’t miss a beat even
Style Bejing Opera (大型移植新編京 Piano Pieces, Op. 76, Eleven Variations B1, 7 Jinan Rd Sec 1, Taipei (台北市濟南 bill tonight at Underworld (地下社 仁路90號), Tel: (02) 2725-3932. On the though he did. It was another great night at Underworld, a
劇), presents a couple of daring operas on an Original Theme in D Major, 路一段7號B1) 會). Posh Inverse (優雅逆轉) and Net: www.roxy.com.tw great spot for a hot and sweaty rave up, courtesy of Back 2
performed by a talented cast led by Li Op. 21, No. 1 and Fourteen Variations ■ Tickets are NT$250, available post-rock-ish group Sun of Morning ■ Shows start at 10pm the Future (B2TF, 回到未來).
Baochun (李寶春). It will revive the 2008 on a Hungarian Melody in D Major through NTCH ticketing or online at (晨曦光廊) take the stage tomorrow. ■ Entrance is free to all shows After that it was an obligatory trip to Fly at Cocky
production of The Jester (弄臣), which is Op. 21, No. 2. www.artsticket.com.tw Until Seeing Whale’s Eyes (直到看 bar, and as the only after-party in town it was a massive
based on Verdi’s opera Rigolettom, and ■ Sunday at 2:30pm (Taichung) and 見鯨魚的眼睛) and metal band Ashen Yanjue (嚴爵) is an up-and-coming turnout full of familiar party faces cutting loose and
The Wilderness (原野), adapted from an Tuesday at 7:30pm (Taipei) play on Wednesday to promote their performer who plays blues, funk getting messy. A great set from Shawn Kidd at the end kept
unfinished play by China’s modern
playwright, Cao Yu (曹禺).
■ Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山
堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Taichung City (台中
Contemporary latest releases.
■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師
and folk tonight at Witch House (女
巫店), followed by metal core/emo
everyone on their toes and if they keep this up, Fly could
become a staple of the scene. The lineup for the coming
■ Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Songshou Rd, 市學士路98號), and National Concert 大路45號B1). Tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the band 831 (八三夭). Folk singer month looks great.
Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號) Hall, Taipei City Tonight the The Wall (這牆) hosts Net: www.upsaid.com/underworld Panai (巴奈) takes to the stage Kay from Barcode, a long-term DJ with fabulous house
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, ■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000 for indie-rockers The Tic Tac, whose post- ■ Music shows run from 9:30pm to tomorrow night. A-Chang (阿彰) of is playing with Kollette this Sunday morning for an all-girl
Sunday at 2:30pm Taichung and NT$350 to NT$2,000 for punk sound flirts with baroque pop. 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays the Manchester rock-influenced affair and some classic tracks. The word on the street is
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, Taipei, available through ERA ticketing They open for Orangegrass (澄草), a and 9pm to 11pm on Wednesdays. band Bitter splits the bill on that Kay’s selection is wide, deep and top draw. One for
available through ERA ticketing or or online at www.ticket.com.tw popular indie group that combines Underworld is open daily from Thursday with another solo act, the purists and anything-goes crews alike.
emo-style vocals and post-rock 9pm, closed on Mondays. Happy Mia Tzeng (曾鈺婷). Fly, Sunday from 4am until 8am at Cocky, B1, 26-3,
instrumentals. Tomorrow Japanese Hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays ■ 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei Renai Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路三段26-3號B1).
BY DAVID ChEN
group 10-Feet brings their slick emo before midnight City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號). Admission is NT$300, which includes a drink.
punk to the venue, with local punk ■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight and Tel: (02) 2362-5494. On the Net:
veterans Fire Ex (滅火器) opening. tomorrow and includes a drink, NT$100 www.witchhouse.org
Acoustic indie rockers Silverbus (銀巴 on Wednesday ■ Performances start at 9:30pm.
Blues Bash, Taipei’s annual blues music 士) are on Sunday, and on Wednesday, Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist
festival, takes place next weekend at it’s Macbeth (馬克白), post-rock band The Jason Hayashi Quartet performs bookstore and large collection of board
Roxy Roots in Taipei City and the Donhail (擋哈鵝) and Green! Eyes (綠 tonight at Sappho de Base. games open 11am to midnight Sundays
Dream Community (夢想社區) in 色眼睛), which describes its music as Tomorrow it’s Jo Jo Ma Quartet, a through Wednesdays; 11am to 1am
Sijhih (汐止). Now in its sixth year, the having a “flavor of guitar pop and a bit group led by saxophonist Joseph Thursdays through Saturdays
event features 10 acts from Taiwan, of country” Marchione. On Tuesday, T and T Jazz ■ Entrance fee for music shows
Japan and the US, including headliner ■ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei Trio and Friends take to the stage, is NT$300
Darrell Raines. Japanese guitarist Shun Kikuta is one of City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). and on Wednesday it’s 3Q, a trio with
Raines, a Miami-based guitarist and the headline acts at Blues Bash 6 next Tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net: Lionel Pinard on piano and Japanese Franz and Friends (城市舞台藝文沙
singer who plays modern blues and weekend. Photo: david chen, taiPei times www.thewall.com.tw musicians Waka on tabla and Yo on 龍), an upscale restaurant and
soul, was a long-time member of the ■ Music shows start at 8pm tonight, sitar. On Thursday, it’s funk, acid disco performance space in Taipei’s East
backing band of fellow Florida 8pm and 11pm tomorrow, 8pm Sunday and hard rock with Double J. District, hosts music shows every
musician Joey Gilmore, who just bluesbash/englishindex.html and 8pm Wednesday ■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei night. The music tends to play it safe,
completed a well-received tour of Blues Bash 6, next Friday at 9pm at ■ Entrance fee is NT$400 tonight, City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1). ranging from wistful love songs and
Taiwan last month. Roxy Roots, 90 Songren Rd, Taipei City NT$1,000 at the door or NT$800 in Tel: (02) 2700-5411. On the Net: opera to lounge jazz. Weekly
Also appearing are Arkansas musician (台北市松仁路90號) and next Saturday advance tomorrow, and NT$300 on www.sappho102.biz highlights include Denise Juan (阮丹
and artist Adam Posnak, who at 5:30pm at the Dream Community Sunday and Wednesday. Tickets can be ■ Music shows begin at 10:30pm on 青), a former pop singer turned piano
performs turn-of-the-century acoustic (夢想社區) 95, Minzu 2nd St, Sijhih purchased online through www. weekends, 10pm on weekdays. Sappho teacher and television presenter, and
blues, and Japanese guitarist Shun City, Taipei County (台北縣汐止市民族 thewall.com.tw or tickets.books.com.tw is closed on Sundays and Mondays her band Sunshine Costa. They play
Kikuta, a former member of Koko 二街95號), near the intersection of ■ Entrance is free tonight. Tomorrow it’s Buona Sera,
Taylor’s touring band and a Blues Huqian Street (湖前街) and Kangning Big-band jazz ensemble Dizzy Jazz featuring soprano Chang Hsiao-ni
Bash regular. Road (康寧路) Band (底細爵士樂團) appears tonight at Every Wednesday night at the (張曉倪).
Advance tickets will be on sale tonight Tickets for both shows next weekend Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Tomorrow Cosmopolitan Grill there’s an open ■ B1, 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北
at a pre-Blues Bash party at Roxy Roots, are NT$400 in advance and NT$500 at pop-rock band Rock Oriental mic hosted by keyboardist Andrew 市八德路三段25號B1). Tel: (02) 2579-0558.
which features a show by local electric the door, available at 7-Eleven ibon Express (搖滾東方) takes the stage. Page, with the music mainly covering On the Net: www.franzandfriends.com.tw
blues outfit BoPoMoFo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ). kiosks or through tickets.books.com.tw. Singer Wang Lan (王蘭) appears on blues and jazz. All are welcome to join ■ Minimum charge of NT$300 on
For more information and the full No admission fee for tonight’s Sunday. The venue’s weekly open jam is in, and participants receive 20 percent Fridays and Saturdays, on other nights Fright night at Underworld. Photos courtesy of adward tsai
lineup, go to www.infine-art.com/ pre-Blues Bash party at Roxy Roots on Monday. off drinks. there’s a one-drink minimum