Weiwuying’s 1st Anniversary Flagship Opera The Magic Flute Tickets on Sale Starting May 23rd Members Get 25% Off
Since its grand opening last October, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has established a renowned reputation of artistic energy both domestic and abroad. Tickets to performances such as Turandot in the first half of 2019 were sold out in an instant. With the first anniversary approaching, Weiwuying is presenting heavyweight international performances and works that are rooted deeply in the local scene, including magic realism flagship opera The Magic Flute and concert of French pipe organ master Latry. A series of programs inspired by Weiwuying’s pipe organ, the largest in Asia, and its vineyard-style concert hall, the only existing design in Taiwan, will be presented. As for showcasing local artists, Cloud Gate’s artistic director Lin Hwai-min’s last program before retirement EXCHANGE a collaboration between Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and TAO Dance Theater is the first work that combines the endeavors of three international choreographers. Inviting the people from all over Taiwan to celebrate its first anniversary, Weiwuying is offering a 25%-off early-bird discount. Members will have early access to purchasing tickets when they become available on Thursday, May 23rd, while the official launch will be on Tuesday, May 28th, ending on Sunday, June 2nd.
For the second half of this year, Weiwuying will be presenting Mozart’s iconic opera piece The Magic Flute. The performance is a co-production of Komische Oper Berlin and British theatre group 1927 and has staged over 350 times in front of over 500,000 audiences internationally since its premiere in 2012. To deal with the long list of invitations, The Magic Flute has prepared 5 stage sets over the world, and this is the first time for the work to be performed in Taiwan. The production team broke through traditional opera performance methods; they first presented a meticulous rehearsal with the performers using advanced technology, which is then merged with “three-dimensional” animation, integrating forms and styles including mime, animation, collage painting, acrobatics, and musicals, resulting in a rich multimedia work which “seems like a live animation performance.”
The series will be presenting two pipe organ concerts in the second half of the year. On Saturday, September 7th, Dutch pipe organ and harpsichord musicianLéon berben will be presenting a recital, staging classic pipe organ works by figures such as Bach and Brahms. Olivier Latry, the prestigious pipe organist for Notre-Dame de Paris and consultant for the pipe organ of Weiwuying Concert Hall, will be performing on Saturday, October 12th, showcasing work by famous musicians including Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Liszt. Latry will also be giving an impromptu performance at the end of the program.
Other programs include Messiah, one of the three major Western oratorios, presented by Les Arts Florissants; Discovering Chamber Music 1 by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, one of the most illustrious chamber orchestras in the world; Ray Chen & NSO, presented by National Symphony Orchestra and up-and-coming violinist Ray Chen; Celebration: Water Music by Essential Sound Baroque Ensemble, which aims to introduce the beauty of Baroque music, the root of classical music, and finally, The Film: Live in Concert will be presenting The Snowman and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, which is perfect for adults and children alike.
With the mission of linking Southern Taiwan with the world, Weiwuying will also be presenting Cloud Gate founder Lin Hwai-min’s last production before retirement, alongside the works of choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung, artistic director designee of Cloud Gate, and Beijing Tao Dance Theater choreographer Tao Ye, bringing audiences three works by the two dance groups. Integrating acrobatics, theater, dance, and music, the spectacular and humorous presentation of Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s La Verità will also be staged. Mansai Nomura, the chief executive creative director of the opening and closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and traditional Japanese Kyogen performer, will be joining his father and Japanese national treasure Mansaku Nomura to present the first Kyogen with Mansaku Nomura and Mansai Nomura in Taiwan. Kazuhisa Uchihashi, a central figure in the Japanese underground new music scene, will be giving an impromptu performance with four Taiwanese musicians in Contemporary × Traditional Uchihashi Kazuhisa And Taiwanese Musicians. Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn’s dance production Dancing Grandmothers presents the dance moves of young girls alongside elderly women, while Chom Chom Band’s Walk Through the City concert presents the fabulous integration between traditional Korean music of the East with modern Jazz of the West.
Enforcing connection with the local art scene is also an important mission of Weiwuying. Kumara Tengu, a co-produced O-pei-la of Weiwuying and ChiChiao Musical Theatre will be staged in Weiwuying’s Playhouse for the first time. Combing concepts of music, dance, theater, and architectural space, literature music theater Imagining a Poetic Space is inspired by the poetry works of Kuei-Hi Tseng and Tzu-Te Chiang, leading viewers on a journey of poetry and presenting a breathtaking gaze of a new form of aesthetic appreciation.