Artbeat: Shanghai
Updated: 2015-02-06


Talking with the world

1988: I Want to Talk With the World is a play adapted from the novel of the same title by Han Han. The story is about a young man driving an obsolete van produced in 1988, on a road trip to pick up a friend from prison. The play premiered at Festival d'Avignon in France in 2012. The upcoming shows will feature the same cast.

7:15 pm, Tuesday-Sunday, Feb 3-15. Shanghai Grand Theatre-Studio Theatre, 300 Renmin Avenue, Huangpu district. 400-1068-686.

Percussion plus

Chinese conductor Zhang Yi will work with the percussion department of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and soloist Hu Shengnan, as well as soprano Lu Qi and baritone Liu Songhu, to present a concert. The program: Symphony No 2 Horizon by Ye Xiaogang, Der Gerettete Alberich by Christopher Rouse and Carmen Suite by Rodion Shchedrin.

8 pm, Feb 6. Shanghai Symphony Hall-Concert Hall, 1380 Fuxing Road Middle, Huangpu district. 4008-210-522.

Ancient tomb adventure

The best-selling novel Journal of a Grave Robber is the Chinese equivalent of The Adventures of Indiana Jones. The theater adaptation consists of two plays which will be staged in a row. The story is about a young man, who comes across a slip of silk, which turns out to be part of the map to an ancient tomb. His treasure hunting journey is filled with dangerous encounters with ghosts.

Book I: 7:15 pm, Feb 6-8; 2 pm, Feb 7 and 8; Book II: 7:15 pm, Feb 12-15; 2 pm, Feb 14. People's Grand Stage, 663 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu district. 400-610-3721.

Han-Uygur drama

Visitors From the Ice Mountain is a new Chinese opera production by the National Grand Theatre. The story and music are based on a film of the same title released in 1963. The story is set in 1951, when China's northwestern borders were disturbed by spies and guerillas from neighboring countries. The film has enduring popularity as a showcase for the friendship between the Han and Uygur peoples, as well as the music of rich Uygur influence.

7:15 pm, Feb 11. Shanghai Culture Square, 597 Fuxing Middle Road, Xuhui district. 021-6472-6000.


4 New Year's reunions

Big Brother is an original Chinese play presenting the happenings in an ordinary Shanghai family on four New Year's Eves, from the 1970s to 2009. The life of Niu Peihua, the big brother in the family, is reflected in four episodes: how he has sacrificed for the family and experienced love, loss and reunion in the decades of drastic changes in society and values.

7:30 pm, through Feb 7; 2 pm, Feb 8. Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center-Art Theater, 288 Anfu Road Xuhui district. 021-6473-0123.

50 married years

I Do, I Do, the Broadway musical, is about a couple's 50 years of married life. Two actors perform on the set consisting of the bedroom dominated by a large four-poster bed. The performance will be given with songs sung in English and dialogues in French. Chinese subtitles are available. This is the first time the musical will be staged in China.

7:45 pm, Feb 2-3. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong New Area. 021-6854-1234.


A new Shrew

British theater director Paul Stebbings teams up with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center to present the Chinese production of the Shakespearian comedy The Taming of the Shrew. The story is moved to Shanghai in the 1930s, when drastic social changes took place in Chinese families. Wang Zi, Wei Lai, Xu Jingli and Yuan Ye star.

7:30 pm, through Feb 15. Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center-Studio D6, 6F, 288 Anfu Road Xuhui district. 021-6473-0123.

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