A large-scale performance program offering 100 different activities was launched at the National Center for Traditional Arts (NCFTA) on June 21 as a countdown for the soon-to-be-completed Xiqu Center of Taiwan (臺灣戲曲中心).
In its bid to attract the general public’s attention to performing arts, the 20-month-long program will feature performances, speeches, workshops, and even flash mobs. The program opened with two concerts by the National Chinese Orchestra (NCO) at the Shilin Main Presidential Residence, which is located in the same district as the Xiqu Center.
Inspired by the concept of “one table, two chairs” in traditional Taiwanese drama, the 1.76-hectare center is scheduled to be completed in late 2015 and to officially open in the following year.
As a subordinate unit of the NCFTA, the Xiqu Center will be Taiwan’s very first professional theater with performance troupes in residence, including the NCO, the GuoGuang Opera Company, and the Taiwan Music Institute.
The Xiqu Center will also function as a business platform for the performing arts industry, incorporating theater production, market testing, and copyright trade with R&D at the core of its operations to boost the industry’s quality and value.