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Japanese theater troupe to perform in Taiwan

Japanese theater troupe to perform in Taiwan

Tokyo, July 21 (CNA) Renowned Japanese musical theater troupe the Takarazuka Revue will perform in Taiwan in August, it's second performance trip to the country.
The all-female troupe, known for its lavish costumes and set designs, is scheduled to give 14 performances at the National Theater in Taipei Aug. 8-16.
They will perform two productions -- the group's classic "The Rose of Versailles" and the "Takarazuka Fantasia."
On Tuesday, officials and top stars of the troupe visited Taiwan's representative to Japan, Shen Ssu-tsun, in Tokyo.
Rio Asumi, one of the two main stars of the troupe's Flower group, said that in addition to the two productions, the troupe will also perform three Taiwanese songs during their shows -- rock band Mayday's "OAOA," Huang Fei's "Chui Chui Chui" and the folk song "Longing for the Spring Breeze".
Asumi said it will be her first time performing in Taiwan and that she is looking forward to it. The troupe has five themed groups -- Flower, Moon, Snow, Star and Cosmos.
The troupe first performed in Taiwan in April 2013 as a gesture to thank Taiwan for its post-disaster assistance in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 in northeastern Japan. The series of performances drew a total of 18,000 people.
Although it is a popular theater troupe in Japan, the Takarazuka Revue seldom performs abroad. In fact, it has only made 25 overseas visits, featuring over 20 performers, Koichi Kobayashi, head of Takarazuka Revue's board of directors, said in Taipei earlier this year. (By Yang Ming-chu and Christie Chen)