Taiwan Fun Magazine, January 2003

Culture Bites :

Information arranged by Selena Huang / Translated by April Lin

Moscow City Ballet

Time: "Sleeping Beauty" March 18,19 7:30pm; "Cinderella" March 20, 21 7:30pm
Place: National Theater Concert Hall
Price: 400 600 800 1000 1200 1500NT
Contact: (07) 740-3466

       Moscow City Ballet is touring Taiwan with 60 top dancers, plus two 20-foot trailer trucks full of sets and costumes. This time round, they are delivering two spectacular productions with their impeccable techniques that embody both power and elegance. With music that runs through the soul and lavishly detailed backdrops, the dancers' performance of "Swan Lake," "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" will take you into the magical world of classical ballet, where all you hear is the spell binding sounds, and all you see is the graceful movements of the passionate dancers. It's a performance that will surely captivate and enchant everyone.

Forever Tango

Time: January 25-30 7:30pm, January 25 and 26 2:30pm
Place: National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Price: 500 700 900 1200 1600 2000 2500NT
Contact: (02) 2709-3788

       The New York Daily News exclaims Forever Tango to be "An evening of sheer pleasure! Sensual, elegant, dazzling and erotically charged!" Luis Bravo's creation of this Argentine tango-based Broadway show includes 27 famous tango pieces by well known Argentine composers such as Astor Piazzola, Carlos Gardel, and many more. Bravo transforms these popular tango tunes into Broadway style, bringing the audience a provocative and sensual production.

Italy Oil Painting Master ¡V Giotto Art Exhibition

Time: Until January 26
Place: National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Price: Adult 150NT, Student 120NT, Adult group 120NT, Student group 100NT, Senior/Special 50NT
Contact: (02) 2758-8008 ext.231

       Giotto di Bondone (1267¡V1337) is known as the forefather of western painting and a pioneer in the Italian Renaissance. This exhibition includes three original fresco paintings by Giotto, and nine pieces by artists inspired by Giotto. The three paintings, "Testa Madonna," "Testa di San Giovanni apostolo, and "Perilzoma di Cristo crocifisso," depict stories from the Bible. The exhibition also includes a scaled-down version of Giotto's most well known paintings in Padua¡¦s Scrovegni Chapel. This model version is 3.75 meters in height, about a quarter of the original size.

Russian Festival Ballet ¡V Classical Ballets

Time: "Swan Lake" January 4 2:30pm and 7:30pm; "Nutcracker" January 3, 7:30pm; "Cinderella" January 5 2:30pm
Place: National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Price: 400 600 800 1000 1200 1600
Contact: (02) 2365-6287

       imour Faziev, a famous Russian dancer, choreographer and artistic director, is leading the Russian Festival Ballet here to take you on a voyage into the world filled with classical music, ballet, and drama. The performance includes Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," "Nutcracker," and Prokofiev's "Cinderella." The dancers in the Russian Festival Ballet, representing the cream of Russian ballet, consist mostly of winners and top performers in major international ballet competitions. This ballet group, traveling all over the world with a busy performance schedule, is definitely one of the most experienced classical ballet troupes around.