Taipei Performing Arts Center to open doors for trial run in March

01/11/2022 07:32 PM
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Taipei Performing Arts Center. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
Taipei Performing Arts Center. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) The much-anticipated Taipei Performing Arts Center will soon open its doors for a trial run period from March to May to test all three of its auditoriums, a top city official said Tuesday.

The 59,000-square-metre cultural landmark, which cost NT$6.75 billion (US$243.8 million) and took 10 years to complete, will host 15 performance groups and 58 shows at its three auditoriums during the trial phase from March 11 to May 15, Taipei Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun (蔡炳坤) said at a press conference.

"Finally, the Taipei Performing Arts Center will welcome the people of Taipei and I'm sure a lot of people will be deeply moved and filled with anticipation," Tsai said.

One of the auditoriums that complement the complex's futuristic design is the Globe Playhouse, a spherical 800-seat theatre that resembles a planet, while there is also the Grand Theater, a 1500-seat venue, and the Blue Box, an 800-seat multiform theatre for experimental performances, according to Tsai.

Globe Playhouse. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
Globe Playhouse. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022

Considered one of Asia's most important cultural developments in 2022, the complex has made international headlines, Tsai added.

The complex is expected to have an impact on Taiwan's performing arts as it will provide a venue not just for accomplished performers, but also for up-and-coming performers to help them grow, Taipei Performing Arts Center chairperson Liu Ruo-yu (劉若瑀) said.

"It's like opening a door for performers at all levels to be able to come in," Liu said. "We wish to make the Taipei Performing Arts Center an international landmark, where people will come from around the world to watch you perform."

CNA video Jan. 11, 2022

The new arts center soars above the bustle of Taipei's internationally-renowned Shilin Night Market, famous for its night life and one of the city's must-visit tourist destinations.

People coming to watch the shows will also complement the vibrant commercial activity in the area, said Austin Wang (王孟超), CEO of the center.

"We hope we can attract more theatres, coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries to pop up in the area," Wang said.

Construction for the Taipei Performing Arts Center started in 2012 with the building topped out in August 2014. The facility was commissioned by the Taipei City government to support performing arts groups.

Punctum Creative. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
Punctum Creative. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
MeimageDance. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
MeimageDance. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022

The complex is expected to fully open in July with the official opening in August, according to a Taipei Performing Arts Center statement.

More information on tickets for performances during the center's trial phase can be found at its website at https://www.tpac-taipei.org/

(By William Yen)

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