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‘Cruising theater’ plucks us from our comfort zone

An avant-garde dramatic arts production is redefining the meaning of “roadshow.” It’s called “Remote Shanghai,” and if you’re game, put on a pair of headphones and join a group venturing into the theater of the streets, with a machine voice directing your itinerary and actions. It’s hard to define this latest outing by the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center. It’s being described...

It requires ingenuity to keep the public reading

In the digital era, book publishers are searching for ways to keep the public reading, especially in the lucrative children’s book market. The recent China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair highlighted many of the new trends. Publishers want to make printed books more exciting for children — adding QR codes to scan for audio or flash games, inserting pop-up cards and...

World’s top ballet stars make en pointe stand

The world’s top ballet dancers will be gathering in Shanghai for the “Gala of St Petersburg Ballet Stars” at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on Tuesday. Eight programs featuring both ballet classics and modern pieces will be performed. Among them, Pas de deux from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake,” choreographed by Marius Petipa; an excerpt from Igor Stravinsky’s “Romeo...

International honors for local poet

Chinese writer Zhao Lihong has received multiple awards from home and abroad in recognition of his creative achievements. The Shanghai Writers’ Association presented a Medal of Honor to Zhao on Tuesday. Nicolae Dabija, chairman of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova, presented a Member of Honor diploma to Zhao, plus a book of Zhao’s poems in Romanian with...

Xiayan Screenplay Cup winners announced

The Xiayan Screenplay Cup awarded 34 playwrights and their outstanding works in Jianggan District, Hangzhou, recently. This year, the contest attracted 1,039 entries from around the country. Among them, five were given top honors, nine were awarded creative prizes and 20 were named as "potential projects." Winning works included "Song Kan" by Wu Yan, "Yang Xiaorang Broke Urn" by Xue Keyang...

A curious new play inspired by ‘black tulip’

With the 21st China Shanghai International Arts Festival concluding this weekend, Shanghai art lovers are turning their attention to hints about next year’s program of events. One that is piquing curiosity is a play by Robert Wilson, 78, US experimental theater stage director and playwright. He has given a bit of a sneak preview about the new drama, which will...

Art fair provides ideal platform to nurture nation’s young talent

The Shanghai Young Art Fair draws to a close tomorrow after yet another successful run. The five-day festival held at the ShanghaiMart in Changning District, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to finding, nurturing and promoting the nation’s young, emerging talented artists. This year’s theme “Redefine” witnesses more than 1,500 works presented by about 400 promising artists. Divided into four sections...

Collaborative ‘Creations’ set for premiere

Retirement is out of question for Yen Han, a prima ballerina with the Zurich Ballet, in Switzerland, for the past 25 years. The 46-year-old is not shy to reveal her age and feels proud she is still in peak condition at this time in her life. “People asked me if I would retire when I had my first baby. They...

Immersive theater for children with autism

It’s not common practice for the cast of a play to ask every individual’s name in the audience before a show. But the five actors in “Storm” begin every performance this way. Their audience, often limited to just six, are children suffering from autism. “Storm” tells the story of what happens on a small island to five characters, including a...

Performing arts set the stage for rich future

Shanghai seeks to become an Asian capital of the performing arts and is well on its way toward achieving that goal. So where do we stand now? Time to stop and take stock. World-class venues and diversified artistic spaces Since the beginning of the 21st century, Shanghai has been taking a page from performing arts powerhouses like London and New York —...

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