Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center (TTTC) is the performance venue in Taipei of the National Center for Traditional Arts(NCFTA). The GuoGuang Opera Company, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO), and Taiwan Music Institute have established their presence here. TTTC is the first professional theatrical venue to feature resident performing groups and a multi-purpose facility suited for artistic and cultural exhibitions and performances, art education and cultural and leisure events in Taiwan. Its simple and flowing architectural style nevertheless implies operatic aesthetics of boundless possibilities. Its main structures, based on the traditional elements of a table with two chairs that comprise the core stage props of Traditional Chinese opera, are inverted and transformed into a fresh and fashionable condensed classical form that actively explores the contemporary new meaning of opera in line with our changing times.
Following up with the vision of NCFTA, TTTC is committed to invigorating the professional artistic and cultural performance environment. As the home of traditional performing arts groups, TTTC provides strong backing through comprehensive provision of production resources, facilities and performance spaces of high standards. The campus of the Center comprises the Main Theatre, Experimental Theater, 3102 Multi Hall, 3201 Multi Hall, International Conference Hall, audio-visual booths, and open spaces such as the Plaza and Xiqu Terrace. Its diverse and flexible spaces provide multifunctional uses that allow different theatre companies much freedom to experiment with artistic forms.
To plan and hold high-quality traditional opera performances, and to preserve the classics, access contemporary creative ideas and explore future trends through all manner of theatrical productions, helping to attain the goal of sustaining Taiwanese traditional performing arts.
To cultivate talents who are able to perform and create traditional performing arts and to pass down the aesthetic conventions of traditional operas; at the same time, ensuring that, professional theatre facilities, front and backstage services, and other artistic and cultural resources are shared and accessible to non-governmental or private creators and artists.
To organize and plan educational promotion activities which aim to popularize the traditional performing arts and enable them to take root in our life and reach out to touch ever more audiences.
The inspiration for Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center's organization of programs comes from four major types of programs annually. The first type is performances presented by all kinds of performing troupes and organized by the Center, including Taiwanese opera, Hakka opera, traditional Taiwanese puppetry, Nanguan and Beiguan, Peking opera, Kunqu, traditional narrative and musical performances, folk arts, and artistic formations, etc. The second type is performances produced by four subsidiary units: GuoGuang Opera Company, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, Taiwan BangZi Opera Company and Taiwan Music Institute. The third type is a series of programs that promote international cultural exchanges. The last type is space-rental programs organized by non-governmental performing groups.
The Center aims to establish itself as the leading brand for traditional operas in Taiwan and widely present the diversified aspects of Taiwanese traditional arts, through two annual Flagship Festivals - Taiwan Traditional Theatre Festival and Asia-Pacific Traditional Arts Festival, other special projects, and the productions of four subsidiary units.
In the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, there are the Main Theatre, Experimental Theatre, Multi Halls, Plaza, medium & small rehearsal rooms, Taiwan Music Institute, and other spaces for all kinds of artistic and cultural activities to facilitate, perform, and rehearse.
The Main Theatre
The Main Theatre numbers 1,036 seats, and is located in the north of the Center. Its design breaks the traditional image by covering the walls with gold foil, and hanging three streamlined crystal chandeliers to demonstrate the grandeur and magnificence of the Main Theatre. Different from the common design in an ordinary theatre, the audience seats are filled with the touch of traditional opera by tinting the seats in all kinds of red colors, which is full of youthfulness and liveliness, just like the impression of the traditional opera's character "Hong-niang (matchmaker)".
The Experimental Theatre
The Experimental Theatre, a so-called "black box" theatre, has 240 seats. It is located in the south of the Center. The acting area could be switched to a one-sided stage, a two-sided stage, a three-sided stage, a surrounding stage or an L-shape stage to satisfy various needs of the acting groups.
Taiwan Music Institute
The space of the Taiwan Music Institute is divided as follows: B1—Lecture Room, Exhibition Room and Workshop; 1F—Café, Ticket and Information; 2F—Music Archives Room; 3F—Special Exhibition Room.
3102 Multi Hall
3102 Multi Hall is located at the third floor in the north of the Center with a total area of 517.2 m². This place is suitable for rehearsals, performances, and press conferences. The space is equal to the main stage in the Main Theatre; therefore, when they rehearse in this hall, users could visualize the relative position in the Main Theatre, which helps cut down the rehearsing time and increase precision.
3201 Multi Hall
3201 Multi Hall is located at the third floor in the south of the Center, with a total area of 502 m². There is a fixed stage inside the hall and the reverberation quality is excellent for holding recitals, chorus concerts or any other music campaigns. The audience seats are not fixed, but the capacity could reach 200 persons when needed.
International Conference Hall
International Cconference hall is located at the 7th floor in the south of the Center with a total area of 438 m². The space is well-organized with a lounge room, a control room and a simultaneous interpretation room, which could be feasible as a professional international conference hall for holding conferences, meetings, or demo lectures.
With the total area of 528 m², the Plaza is the public space linking the Main Theatre, the Experimental Theatre and the Taiwan Music Institute, in which a moveable stage cart as a public art piece is placed. The Plaza could be used for various activities and facilitated as an acting area closer to people's life. The Plaza is with the capacity of 300 persons.
The Terrace is located at the third floor outdoor between the Main Theatre and the Experimental Theatre. Covering an area approximately of 348 m2, the Terrace also serves as a connecting pass to Zhong-zheng Senior High School and the MRT Zhishan Station. The space is multi-functional and can be converted into an art marketplace, a performance area, or an exhibition zone. As a popular leisure place with international visitors and local residents, the Terrace has become a hot spot for photography in Taipei.
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