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Performance Arts | Xiqu Center of Taiwan
The Xiqu Center of Taiwan was developed to introduce traditional Chinese theater to a wider range of audiences, and to bring the unique and longstanding art form to the world stage. The facility’s Chinese name refers to the traditional performance genre of Chinese drama and musical theater.
Inspired by the “one table and two chairs” setting in Peking opera, the center will have a 1,055-seat performance hall, a 300-seat experimental theater, and a music library. In addition, it will function as a facility for professional performances, opera data storage, and program production.
The Xiqu Center will also become Taiwan’s first professional theater to offer residencies, and space has already been carved out for the Guoguang Opera Company, the National Chinese Orchestra, and the Taiwan Music Institute. The facility will ultimately serve as a creative platform for program production, and integrate production with market testing and copyright trade for the entire performance industry.
Designed by Taiwanese architect Kris Yao’s Artech, the center is expected to be completed in mid-2015 and officially open in 2016. Following the center’s launch, the National Center for Traditional Arts (NCFTA) under the Ministry of Culture will then work to integrate resources from all fields related to Chinese theater by using Yilan, Taipei, and Kaohsiung as satellite bases.
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