New event: playground of no boundaries
Golden autumn is traditionally the most prolific season in Shanghai for artistic performances, but this year, the gala season will be brought forward with the launch of a new event called Artra in June.
Under the theme “No-Boundary Playground,” the event features three programs — an eponymous evening party, a concept theater show by renowned film director Zhang Yimou, and choreographer Shen Wei’s multimedia work “Integrate.”
Artra is a palindrome meant to signify no boundaries, according to Li Ming, director of the Center for the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, the event’s organizer.
Zhang’s original concept show “Apologue 2047 Selected” will be presented at Shanghai Grand Theater on June 4 and 5. It combines Chinese folk art with modern technology in eight performances of 28 renowned artists and technical teams.
The performers include Grammy winner Wu Tong, Peking Opera star Qiu Jirong and Wu Na, who plays the guqin, a plucked seven-string traditional instrument. They will be joined by ethnic folk artists.
Shen, who was the leading choreographer for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will stage the premiere of his new work “Integrate” at West Bund Dome from June 11 to 20.
It synthesizes various art forms in a three-part performance. The first is an exhibition displaying 64 of his artworks, including paintings and photographs. The second part comprises videos edited by Shen and shown on four giant screens. A dance with 37 performers caps the show.
The premiere of the show will also mark the opening of West Bund Dome to the public. The cultural space is a conversion of Asia’s largest cement plant, which was established in 1920.
“West Bund Dome used to be the yard where raw materials for cement were ground and mixed,” said Chen Anda, vice general manager of Shanghai West Bund Development (Group) Co. “Now it is a blender of multiculturism.”
On the night of June 13, a “No-Boundary Playground” gala will be held at SAIC Shanghai Culture Square. The show will bring together members of rap music label W8VES, Ye Yin of the reality show “Street Dance of China” and his dance group SYNC, wotagei group MyStic and Zide Guqin Studio. Wotagei refers to a type of dancing and cheering gestures using glow sticks.
Tickets for the three performances are now available on damai.cn and Maoyan.
“Apologue 2047 Selected”
Date: June 4 and 5
Tickets: 80-1,080 yuan
Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater
Address: 300 People’s Ave
Date: June 11-20
Tickets: 480 yuan
Venue: West Bund Dome
Address: 2350 Longteng Ave
Date: June 13
Tickets: 80-480 yuan
Venue: SAIC Shanghai Culture Square
Address: 597 Fuxing Rd M.