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Cultural & Performance Arts in Taiwan

As a result of its unique geography and history, Taiwan has developed a colorful diversity of cultural arts and performance groups. The following is a sampling of some of the major cultural attractions:


MUSIC
Traditional Taiwanese music includes folk, Chinese classical, indigenous peoples' music, and Han Chinese music. Contemporary music includes Mandopop (Mandarin Chinese pop music), rock, hip hop and alternative music.

Folk
1. Taiwan Chio-Tian Folk Drums Arts Troupe
    www.chio.com.tw
    886 4 2565 3150

Indie Rock Bands
1. Mayday
2. Soda Green

Mandopop
1. Jay Chou
2. Jolin Tsai
3. S.H.E
4. Fahrenheit
5. Lollipop F

Orchestras (Classical)

1. National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
    www.ntso.gov.tw
    886 4 2339 1141
2. National Symphony Orchestra (Philharmonia Taiwan)
    www.nso.ntch.edu.tw
    886 2 3393 9888
3. Evergreen Symphony Orchestra
    www.evergreensymphony.org
    886 2 2351 6799
4. Philharmonia Moment Musical
    www.momentmusical.com.tw
    886 9 3699 9656
5. Taichung City Symphony Orchestra
6. Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra
7. Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra
    www.tspo.org.tw
    886 2 2397 0979
8. Taipei Symphony Orchestra
    www.tso.taipei.gov.tw
    886 2 2578 6731
9. Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra
    www.kcso.org.tw
    886 7 531 1000
10. Chimei Philharmonic Orchestra
    www.chimeimuseum.com


DANCE
Taiwan dance forms include Aboriginal dance groups, folk belief dances, martial arts, ballet and modern dance.

Aboriginal Dance Groups

1. Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe
    www.fasdt.yam.org.tw
    886 3 864 2290
   

Ballet

1. Taipei Royal Ballet
2. Chamber Ballet Taipei
    www.chamberballettaipei.com
    886 9 3813 8622
3. Capital Ballet Taipei
    www.cbtballet.com.tw
    886 2 2835 1491
4. Taipei Ballet Company
    886 2 2707 8003

Folk Dance

1. Taipei Folk Dance Theatre
    www.tdance.org.tw
    886 2 8509 6695

Modern Dance Groups
Taiwan's modern dance groups are world-renowned for their fusing of Chinese and Western traditions

1. The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
    www.cloudgate.org.tw
    886 2 2712 2102
2. The Taipei Dance Circle
    www.taipei-dance-circle.com.tw
    886 2 8972 0061
3. Sun-Shier Dance Theatre Group
    www.30dance.com
    886 2 2924 5475
4. Lan Yang Dance Troupe
    www.lycc.org.tw
    886 2 2722 1216
5. Horse Dance Theatre
    www.horse.org.tw
    886 2 2967 4495
6. Century Contemporary Dance Company
    www.ccdctw.com.tw
    886 2 2394 4354
7. LAFA & Artists Dance Company
    www.lafa.org.tw
    886 2 2753 0885
8. Legend Lin Dance Theatre
    www.wougow.myweb.hinet.net
    886 2 8923 3888
9. Neo Classic Dance Company
    www.neo.org.tw
    886 2 2809 1753
10.Ku & Dancers
    www.kudancers.org

Martial Arts

1. Chiu-Wu Kung-fu Arts Group
    www.wretch.cc/blog/chiwukungfu
    0938 099 712


OPERA
The most famous form of opera in Taiwan is Beijing Opera performed in Mandarin. The most popular form is Taiwanese Opera performed in Hoklo or Taiwanese. Hakka, Kun and Beiguan Opera are also performed.

Opera Companies

1. The National Guoguang Opera Company
    886 2 2939 3567
2. Ming Hwa Yuan Taiwanese Opera Company
    886 2 2772 9398
3. Ho Lo Taiwanese Opera Troupe
    886 2 2581 3029
4. Hsin-chuan Taiwanese Opera Troupe
    886 2 2585 4994
5. The Rom-Shing Hakka Teapicker Opera Troupe
    886 3 772 5099
6. Sun Hope Taiwanese Opera Troupe


PUPPETRY
There are 3 forms of traditional puppetry in Taiwan. They include the marionette theatre, the glove puppet theatre and the shadow theatre.

1. Taiwan Children's Hand Puppet Troupe
    886 2 2861 0503  ext. 13
2. Yi Wan Ran Hand Puppet Troupe
3. Wu Jhou Yuan Hand Puppet Troupe
4. Dong Hua Shadow Puppet Theater
    www.inmjh.kh.edu.tw
5. Shiao Shi Yuan Glove Puppetry Company


PLAYS / THEATRE PERFORMANCES

1. Taiwan Theatre Company
2. Performance Workshop Theatre
    www.pwshop.com
    886 2 2698 2323
3. U-Theatre of Taiwan (a theatre, dance and music troupe)
    www.utheatre.org.tw
    886 2 2938 8188
4. Sun Son- Golden Bough Theatre
    www.sunsontheatre.com
    886 2 2809 5885
5. Ping Fong Acting Group


VARIETY SHOWS
Variety Shows such as the Taipei Eye are an ideal way to introduce foreigners to Taiwanese performing arts as they combine Beijing and Taiwanese opera, puppet theatre, folk music and dance, Aboriginal dance, and more. Taipei Eye's performances are 1.5 hours and have subtitles in English and Japanese.

1. Taipei Eye
    Taiwan Cement Hall
    113 Zhongshan N Rd.
    Taipei City
    886 2 2568 2677
    www.taipeieye.com


VISUAL ARTS
Taiwan has many museums and galleries devoted to painting, sculpture, multi-media, photography, video and installation art.



CULTURAL & PERFORMANCE VENUES


Taipei City

1. National Theatre
21-1 Zhongshan South Rd.
886 2 3393 9888
www.ntch.edu.tw
The National Theatre and the National Concert Hall are the two parts of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center. Various opera productions (both Chinese and Western), ballet and other dance forms, drama and traditional Chinese folk arts are performed here.

2. National Concert Hall
21-1 Zhongshan South Rd.
886 2 3393 9888
www.ntch.edu.tw
This is the home of the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra. International orchestras as well as large music concerts use this venue. Chamber music concerts are performed in the Recital Hall.

3. National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
505 Renai Rd. Sec. 4
886 2 2758 8008
www.yatsen.gov.tw
Local as well as international musical and drama performances can be seen here.

4. Novel Hall for Performing Arts
3 Songshou Rd.
886 2 2722 4302
www.novelhall.org.tw
Various forms of Chinese drama and operas are regularly performed here.

5. Taipei Zhongshan Hall Plaza
98 Yanping S. Rd.

6. Taipei Arena
2 Nanjing E. Rd. Sec. 4
886 2 2577 3500
www.taipeiarena.com.tw

7. Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre
79 Xining N. Rd.
886 2 2556 8909
www.taipeipuppet.com

8. National Palace Museum
221 Zhishan Rd. Sec. 2
886 2 2881 2021
www.npm.gov.tw

9. National Taiwan Museum
2 Xiangyand Rd.
886 2 2382 2566
www.ntm.gov.tw

10. Taipei Fine Arts Museum
181 Zhongshan N. Rd. Sec. 3
886 2 2595 7656
www.tfam.museum

11. Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
39 Chang-an W. Rd.
886 2 2552 3720
www.mocataipei.org.tw


Taichung City

1. Taichung Zhongshan Hall
98 Xueshi Rd.
886 4 2230 3100
www.tccgc.gov.tw

2. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
2 Wuquan W. Rd. Sec. 1
886 4 2372 3552
www.tmoa.gov.tw


Tainan City

1. Tainan City Cultural Center
332 Zhonghua E. Rd. Sec. 3
886 6 269 2864
www.tmcc.gov.tw


Kaohsiung City

1. Kaohsiung City Chungcheng Cultural Center
67 Wufu 1st Rd.
886 7 222 5136, ext. 8908
www.khcc.gov.tw

2. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
80 Meishuguan Rd.
886 7 555 0331
www.kmfa.gov.tw

3. Kaohsiung Music Center
99 Hesi Rd.
Yencheng District
886 7 532 1666

4. E-Da Royal Theatre
E-Da World
886 7 656 8168
www.edaroyaltheatre.com.tw