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The Metropolitan Opera Opera Film

The Pearl Fishers in Beijing

Date: Jan 21 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Per forming Arts

Price: 60 yuan

Bizet's rarely heard opera returned to the Met for the first time in a century on New Year's Eve 2015, in Penny Woolcock's acclaimed new production. Star soprano Diana Damrau sings Leila, the virgin priestess at the center of the story. Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien are Nadir and Zurga, rivals for Leila's love who have sworn to renounce her to protect their friendship - and who get to sing one of opera's most celebrated duets, Au fond du temple saint. Nicolas Teste is the high priest Nourabad and Gianandrea Noseda conducts Bizet's supremely romantic score.

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Phillipe Entremont Piano Recital in Beijing

Date: Jan 21 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Per

forming Arts

Price: 100-480 yuan

Throughout his career, Phillipe Entremont has played and recorded with many legendary conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez and Leopold Stokowski, among others. Additionally he has pursued a career as a conductor, and previously held the posts of Music Director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra where he has been given the title of Lifetime Laureate Conductor. In 2015, in conjunction with the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, he created the ENSM Chamber Orchestra.

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Martial Art in Dance in Shanghai

Date: Jan 20 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai International Dance Center

Price: 80-680 yuan

Choreographer Zhao Liang will premiere his latest creation Martial Art in Dance, which involves kung fu, during the 19th Shanghai International Arts Festival. Four young contemporary dancers and three martial artists will put on an intense show of saber play, swordplay, cudgel play and tai chi at Shanghai International Dance Center. Zhao says "martial arts" and "dance" in Chinese are phonetically similar, with distinct presentations but the same root. With the theme of "intoxication, exaltation and simplification", Zhao chose a simple stage setting of only black, gray and white for the work. Crossover music with elements such as minimalism, cello and Chinese pipa (Chinese lute) is used to portray the clash between contemporary and traditional features.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

TR Warszawa: Two Swords in Beijing

Date: Jan 20-21 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Tianqiao Performing

Arts Center

Price: 99-580 yuan

Grzegorz Jarzyna's Two Swords is the first premiere for the famous Polish stage director and founder of the TR Warszawa punk theater to be produced in China with an international group of actors from China, Poland and the United States. The script is based on a story by Lu Xun, one of the most important Chinese writers and essayists of the first half of the 20th century. Written in 1926, the story is a variation on the ancient Chinese myth of a sword-maker murdered on the orders of the king and of the swordmaker's son who wants to avenge his father's death. In this symbolic story, Xun asks about the price of exposing the truth and shows the kind of sacrifice struggle for justice requires. Grzegorz Jarzyna delves into Chinese mythology in search of values that have been forgotten in today's world.

Contact: 400-610-3721

The Producers in Shenzhen

Date: Jan 20-21 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Nanshan Culture & Sports Center Grand Theater

Price: 180-880 yuan

Based on Mel Brooks' much loved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.

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The Metropolitan Opera Opera Film La Sonnambula in Beijing

Date: Jan 20 - 1:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts

Price: 60 yuan

Just as a young woman is about to marry her sweetheart, she is discovered - by the entire village, to say nothing of her fiance - asleep in the bedroom of a stranger. It takes the young man two acts to figure out that sleepwalking is to blame, and everything ends happily. Natalie Dessay as Amina and Juan Diego Florez as Elvino deliver bel canto magic and vocal fireworks in Mary Zimmerman's 2009 production. The Tony Award-winning director transfers Bellini's bucolic tale to a rehearsal room in contemporary New York, where an opera company rehearses La Sonnambula - and where the singers are truly in love with each other.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

A Coproduction of NCPA and Li Liuyi Studio King Lear in Beijing

Date: Jan 20-28 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts

Price: 180-680 yuan

King Lear is NCPA's third production of a Shakespearean play, after A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet, this time in cooperation with Li Liuyi's Drama Estudio in Beijing. As a tribute to the master playwright, the NCPA has extended a special invitation to the script supervisor of the Royal Shakespeare Company to coach the actors, and selected Yang Shipeng's rendering as the rehearsal script. German-born set designer, Michael Simon and Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Emi Wada combine talents to recreate the bard's cast of characters and ruined palace. Additionally, the renowned theater actor, Pu Cunxin, gives a stark portrayal of Lear's departure from the height of glory and lapse into vagrancy. Lear's three daughters' vastly different personalities are brought to life on stage by Yang Qi, Lu Fang, and Wan Qianhui, respectively.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

Mozart, L'Opera Rock in Shanghai

Date: Jan 20-21 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai Culture Center

Price: 200-1,000 yuan

Mozart, l'Opera Rock is a French musical about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from age 17, using both original pop-rock compositions as well as existing music composed by Mozart. With class Baroque-styled costume design and magnificent stage design, this show perfectly illustrates the incomparable talent of Mozart. The musical premiered at the Palais des Sports de Paris and caused a huge sensation. It later went on tour in France, Japan, Korea, Ukraine and Russia, attracting audience from all age groups because of its both classical and modern artistic style and becoming a global phenomenon. The complete album was one of the bestselling records in France for 20 weeks and the single Tatoue-moi was number one in sales for five weeks, and remained in the top five for 11 weeks. With the engaging narrative, vivid characters and breathtaking costume and stage design, this musical was deemed as "a real revolution in musical theater".

Contact: 400-610-3721

Piano Recital by Vanessa Benelli Mosell

Date: Jan 27 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai Daning Theater

Price: 80-280 yuan

Benelli Mosell's debut recording Introducing Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Virtuoso Piano Music features music by Prokofiev, Haydn, Scriabin and Liszt, and received great international praise for her "extraordinary artistic talent" and"sparkling technique in demanding music" (Gramophone Magazine). Her debut recording was quickly followed up in September 2012 by her second, equally acclaimed Liszt Recital. In 2016, she released her debut concerto CD for DECCA of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Karabits.

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Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan: Swan Lake in Guangzhou

Date: Jan 27 - 8 pm

Venue: Guangdong Performing Arts Center Theater

Price: 180-800 yuan

With its instantly recognizable music and a timeless story of good versus evil, Swan Lake is the greatest of romantic ballets, featuring an evocative score from the prolific composer Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake is a Russian classic, replete with haunting music and exquisite dance. This ballet has captured the imagination of many generations. Its fairytale mystery and romance continues to fascinate audiences worldwide. Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated - will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under? The twinned roles of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux. Other much-loved highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans, performed by a moonlit lake, as well as sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendor of the Royal Palace. Swan Lake has become one of the most loved of all ballets.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Night Life & Activities

Miracle: The Bellini Family and the Renaissance in Shanghai

Date: Jan 20-23 - 10 am

Venue: Shanghai Himalayas Museum Price: 10-80 yuan

Curated by Dr Luigi Bellini, director of the Bellini Museum and the 21st-generation successor of the Bellini Family, and Shen Qibin, founding director and chairman of the board of the Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Miracle: the Bellini Family and the Renaissance will feature 459 masterpieces of art from the Renaissance onward, including paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, furniture, decorations, tapestries and tableware as well as crowns from noble families. Other than the presentation of artworks and treasures, the exhibition, by the use of new media and AR technologies, will "re-create" the Bellini Museum in Shanghai, offering audience a chance to vividly experience the culture and life scenes of the Florentine during the Renaissance.

Contact: 021-5456-2471

Learn Wing Chun with A 4th Generation Ip Man Apprentice in Shenzhen

Date: Jan 20-Dec 31 - 7 pm

Venue: Lianhua Building, 1070 Jianshe Road

Price: 110 yuan

Gary is a master of Wing Chun, a type of kung fu that was popularized by movie star legend Bruce Lee. The mythical legend Ip Man was Bruce Lee's master that originated from Foshan, Guangdong who brought his skills to Hong Kong in 1949. Lam is a fourth generation apprentice of Ip man and has trained people of all types through out the world. He'll explain the specialties of Wing Chun and the philosophy behind it. And then he will perform some movements in one of the patterns called "Xiaoniantou". Everyone will practice these three times and Gary will correct your movements. Gary will also show you using the famous Wing Chun wooden dummy and demonstrate how to attack an opponent using Wing Chun from a very short distance.

Contact: 021-5456-2471


Canadian Women's Hockey League- 2017/18 Season in Shenzhen

Date: Feb 3-March 4 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shenzhen Universiade Center

Price: 128-888 yuan

Founded in 2007, the Canadian Women's Hockey League was created with two goals in mind - to create a place for the highest-level women's hockey players to continue to compete and hone their skills and to create a future for the sport of women's hockey. On June 5, 2017, the league revealed at the Hockey Hall of Fame that it would expand into China with the Kunlun Red Star WIH, a women's team associated with the Kontinental Hockey League's Kunlun Red Star men's team. The league soon added a second Chinese team in the Vanke Rays.

Contact: 021-5456-2471

2018 D1 Grand Prix Series in China- Shenzhen Drift

Date: Jan 27-28 - 9 am

Venue: Hunting Racing

Price: 200-380 yuan

The D1 Grand Prix is a production car drifting series from Japan with a 17-year history. Drifting is a drive to side slip rear wheels or all tires. While maintaining control with high balance, wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn within exceeding the regular driving.


(China Daily 01/20/2018 page19)

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