Taiwan Fun Magazine, November 2002

Edge Roundup:

Translated by Melanie Hou

Absolute Expression

Date: until November 10
Location: Taipei Gallery (181 Sec 3 Chung Sang N Rd., Taipei). Exhibition Room D - Basement
Price: Adult NT$35, Confession NT$15
Tel:(02) 2595-7656

       Absolute Vodka, from Sweden, is sponsoring a major modern art exhibition in Taipei entitled, "Absolute Expression". Over sixty pieces by international artists and designers from 20 countries will be on display including paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, films and posters. Works span several decades and represent well-known greats - Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Versace among others. The exhibition will also feature Hong Dong Lu, the first Taiwanese artist to be included in the Absolute ranks. Absolute usually stages shows at their private galleries in Paris and New York. This is a "first" for Taipei.

Ping Fong Performance: "Northern Light"

Date: November 1 (7:30pm); November 2 (2:30pm & 7:30pm); November 3 (2:30pm & 7:30pm); November 7 (7:30pm); November 8 (7:30pm); November 9 (2:30pm & 7:30pm)
Location: National Theater
Price: NT$400¡B600¡B800¡B1000¡B1200¡B1500
Tel: (02) 2938-2005

       "Northern Light", a comedy about first love set in the 1970's, takes the audience back to sweet and tender moments of adolescence when young love is fresh and new, and the passion is exciting. Ping Fong's lead actor, Lee Kuo Hsio, portrays a playboy alongside lead starlets Wan Fan, Yang Li Yin and Yau Shun Gin; Tsun Kuo Tsun assumes a comic role. Stage designs include great visual effects, combining Impressionistic-like lighting and hi-tech surrealism. This performance is "Northern Lights" debut in Taiwan.

Mang Tuo Luo of Life

Date: 7:30 pm November 6 & 10 (7:30pm)
Location: Hwa San Art and Literature District
Price: Adult NT$450, Student NT$350
Tel: (02) 2784-1011

       "Mang Tuo Luo of Life" is Tie Gu Dance Group's first performance. The natural rhythms of the dancers release an inner spiritual energy; their movements appear exaggerated on stage and range from soft fluid natural forms to wild animal-like gyrations. The choreography is presented in four inspirational themes - "Birth", "Desire", "Awakening", "Heaven" - to suggest a whole life and universal mind experience. Tie Gu Dance Group has been invited to perform at the Joyce Theater, an important venue for modern dance in the United States.