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City theater kicks off busy season with 60 productions

Updated: 2022-03-11 09:28 ( China Daily )
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The Shanghai Grand Theater will present dance performance, T he Painting Journey: The Legend of a Panorama of Mountains and Rivers, during its 2022 spring and summer season.[Photo provided to China Daily]

With new productions and theater spaces, Shanghai Grand Theater kicked off its 2022 spring and summer season on Feb 24. The new season consists of more than 200 performances of 60 productions.

The Shanghai theater established its own production center last year, and will launch three new productions this year: the Chinese editions of The Brothers Karamazov, a musical from South Korea; Frankenstein, a British play by Nick Dear that is based on the novel by Mary Shelley; and a new edition of the classical Chinese Kunqu Opera piece The Peony Pavilion.

The theater will introduce a new space, the Young Theater in Yangpu district in March, and the West Bund Theater in Xuhui district will open next year. Shanghai Grand Theater will also launch a themed art season in all three venues in the future.

The number of shows and box-office income dropped considerably in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but last year saw figures rising back to what they were in 2019, said Zhang Xiaoding, general manager of the theater at the season opening.

"Theaters today not only have to present shows that are classical, innovative, interdisciplinary and crossover, we also have to provide an irreplaceable experience for audiences," Zhang says.

"One can watch the dance highlights of the poetic dance, The Painting Journey: The Legend of a Panorama of Mountains and Rivers, which was performed during the China Central Television's Spring Festival gala, and over and over online, but if you want a complete experience of a dance theater production, you will have to come to the theater and immerse yourself in it."

The dance performance will be presented again at Shanghai Grand Theater in April, and tickets to all four shows, scheduled from April 28 to 30, were sold out within minutes after they were made available on Feb 24. Following discussions with the performing company, two more shows are being added for May 1-2.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Shanghai Grand Theater presented 419 shows last year, receiving more than 310,000 audience members. The theater also reported an unprecedented dominance of younger audiences-almost 65 percent were aged between 21 and 40.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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