This year’s program is packed with some familiar names as well as newcomers, both foreign and Taiwanese, with shows that range from interpretations of Shakespeare to multimedia explorations of music, theater, dance and puppetry
Date: Feb 05, 2016
By: Diane Baker / Staff reporter
Since the initial Taiwan International Arts Festival (TIFA) in 2009,
the National Theater Concert Hall (NTCH) programmers have kept raising the bar, bringing some of the best and most innovative artists from around the world and Taiwan to fill up the weekends over five to six weeks in Taipei.
NTCH artistic director Lee Huey-mei (李惠美) said each festival takes about two years of planning, and the goal is to expand the horizons of local audiences as well as inspire the nation’s performers and arts groups.
The line-up of 20 shows put together under the theme of “Echos of Imagination” this year hold a lot of promise. In keeping with the worldwide celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, there are two productions based on his works: Avignon Festival director Olivier Py’s King Lear (李爾王), a joint production with the NTCH, and Taipei-based Contemporary Legend Theatre’s (當代傳奇劇場) Beijing opera interpretation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream (仲夏夜之夢). [FULL STORY]