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Fun Magazine, June 2003
By Selena Huang
Translated by Yvonne Chen (³¯¨|ªÚ)
Human Condition-Green Light Theatre
Date: June 12-15, 7:30 pm; June 14-15, 2:30 pm
Location: National Theater
Prices: NT$350 550 800 1000 1200 1500, ERA Ticketing
Tel: (02) 2343-1587, (02) 2343-1647
Just as a seemingly normal, typical Taiwanese family--a
daydreaming father, a mother who does no household chores,
an annoying teenage daughter, and a super-sexy hired betel
nut clerk--get settled into their usual daily routines,
the dead grandmother "returns" to their world.
The grandmother takes over her granddaughter's body, raking
havoc at home, school, and even with the neighbors, all
in the hope of realizing a secret and unfulfilled love affair.
Depicting the crazy youthful period of life, Green Light
Theater's "bust-a-gut, sobbingly funny" new comedy,
The Human Condition, will fill that empty corner in your
heart with contentment.
Peking Opera Theater Performs in Taiwan
Date: June 24-30, 7:30 pm; June 28-29, 2:30 pm
Location: National Theater
Prices: NT$300 600 900 1200 1500 2000, ERA Ticketing
Tele: (02) 2343-1587, (02) 2343-1647
The Chinese Peking Opera Theater is the best troupe
in China, and the only national class group placed under
the PRC's Department of Culture. Formed in 1955, its first
director was renowned master Mei Lang-fang. The exceptional
cast features many distinguished actors at the forefront
of their craft. Fans shouldn't miss any of the nine performances:
June 24-"The Wild Boar Woods," June 25-"Mu-lien
Saves Mother" and "To Hit With A Gold Bar,"
June 26-"Mu Gui-yin Becomes A General," June 27-
"The Lady Mei," June 28 (afternoon)-"The
Bracelet," June 28 (night)-"Farewell, My Concubine,"
June 29 (afternoon)-"The Lucky Purse," June 29
(night)-"Adventures in Bamboo Woods," "Fishing
Tax," "The Great Goodbye," and "Second
House Gives Up Son," and June 30-"Se-Lang Visits
Ten Years of "Ku and Dancers"
Date: June 12-15, 7:45 pm
Location: Hua Shan Culture District Plum Winery
Price: NT$350, Acer Ticketing
Telephone: (02) 2784-1011
The dance, Salir, commemorates the tenth year anniversary
of "Ku and Dancers." It combines different elements
to explore the abstractness of dance, and to move the audience
consciously and unconsciously. Through dance, music, language,
and changes in light, the loneliness and fears of life are
revealed, forcing people to see the naked truth about life.
The force of theater elements is used to pile on the heaviness
and absurdity of life. Choreographer Ku Ming-shen hopes
to use the charm surrounding unconventional theater along
with the illustrative, abstract, and strong language of
dance to illustrate story after story, substituting for
one illusionary space after another.
Past, Replicated Future"--Feng Meng-bo Exhibition
Date: Until July 27
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art-1st floor exhibition
Tel: (02) 2552-3721
games are a unique category in modern art. Set designs,
sound effects, game rules, and plots are all elements that
shape the "game culture" that has evolved from
Nintendo, Play Station, to online games. Among contemporary
Chinese artists, Feng Meng-po, a promising 37-year-old,
articulates his artistic expressions primarily through computer
games. The artist, versed in computer programming, has written
the operating system, sound and light effects, program rules,
story plots, settings, and characters. He has focused on
the development of the imagination and amusement to accurately
capture the fast and fanciful electrical world, the speed
of freedom, and the capricious nature of spatial design.
Chronicle-Images and Talents of Women
Date: Until June 25
Location: National Palace Museum, Rooms 206, 208, 241,
goal of this exhibition, aside from showing the inherent
artistic value of the artwork on display, is to accentuate,
via the following three themes, the splendor of ancient
1. Beauty--Artworks such as "Palace Merriment"
from the Tang period and "Lady Grooming" from
the Sung period reflect the typical beauty of the different
2. Occupations--The lives of ancient women are captured
in Lee Sung's "Market Scene," "Paupers"
from the Ming period, and even in Ching imperial court artists'
"Silk Worm" and "Cotton."
3. Talent--The exhibition features distinguished female
calligraphers: Wu Tsai-luan, Yang Mei-tsu; and female artists:
Kuan Tao-shen, Tsao Miao-ching, Ma Shou-chen, Chao Wen-ti.
Annual Crown Festival
Date: May 30-June 22
Location: Crown Theater (B1, 50, Lane 120, DunHua N.
Tele: (02) 2514-8486#101
This year, the Crown Festival will present three programs
at the Crown Theater, including two poetry-inspired stage
dramas and a dance expressed through the body languages
of blind dancers.
Stage Witch, Wei Yin-chuan, leads the ¡§Shakespearian Sisters¡¨
to explore the legends of Emily Dickinson, in an attempt
to converse with the reclusive, never-married, poetess.
"To Borges" is a tribute to Borges from "Southern
Wind Theater," a group from the south; they will lead
the audience into a magical world through a staged circular
maze. In "Striking Dance," visually impaired dancers
from the "Illumination Dance Group" will boldly
transform their canes into wands, and combine sounds from
objects with tap dance to let audiences enjoy various aspects
of dance. --By Ken Lin.