Free online performances to enrich resident life during lockdown
Shanghai Grand Theater's online brand Zero Stop will present programs for free to enrich residents' life as Shanghai endures a phased lockdown.
The programs include ballet, musicals, concerts, the theater's self-produced documentary and a special gala show "Greetings from London" presented by London-based actors and troupes.
The programs are available on the theater's official Weibo and WeChat accounts, as well as several livestreaming platforms such as Bilibili and Douyin (Chinese version of TikTok). Viewers will be able to watch a different program at 7:30pm every evening through April 8.
Due to the resurgence of COVID-19, Shanghai Grand Theater suspended operations this month and canceled a batch of performances scheduled for April.
Launched in 2020, Zero Stop was the first online program platform presented by a domestic theater, presenting 4K-resolution live performance stereo recordings by world-famous artists as well as documentaries related to the performing arts.
Two ballet by Britain's The Royal Ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," have been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. They will be followed by the musical "The Last Five Years" on Friday.
The theater's self-produced original Chinese documentary, "The Best of China," will meet audiences next Monday and Tuesday.
Tracing the development of the performing arts in the Yangtze River Delta region, the documentary invited artists from various genres, including choreographer Jin Xing, Peking Opera artist Shi Yihong, musical singer Zheng Yunlong and dancer Zhu Jiejing, to share their insights and personal stories.
Gala show "Greetings from London" features a group of London-based singers, dancers and stage artistes, who performed excerpts from musicals "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Les Misérables," ballet "The Dying Swan," and light opera selections, as well as script reading of plays "Sherlock Holmes" and "Richard II."
The show was recorded at the London Coliseum when the theater suspended operation amid the pandemic in 2020.
Other theaters and performing troupes around the city have also launched online programs.
Shanghai Concert Hall and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra have made concert recordings available on their official WeChat accounts.
Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Shanghai Ballet, Shanghai Opera House and traditional Chinese opera troupes have also prepared free online programs on social media platforms.