June debut for Shanghai’s own Fringe Festival
The inaugural Xintiandi Fringe Festival will take place from June 6 to 19, featuring outdoor performances, immersive theater shows, circus acts and other creative projects.
Performers from countries including Britain, France, Australia and the Czech Republic will present a total of 17 programs in locations such as the tent theater, cafes, pubs, diners and various public spaces in Xintiandi, the popular dining and entertainment compound in downtown Shanghai.
The event is dubbed as China’s equivalent of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Britain and the Festival d’Avignon in France, said Yuan Hong, director of the Shanghai festival. The event will also be the first fringe festival in China that takes place in a commercial center. It will be held annually in June.
According to Yuan, Shanghai will be the place where many of the creative projects, which were chosen by a highly experienced curatorial team, make their global debut.
Local cultural commentator Sun Mengjin said that the plays, live music and other outdoor art shows will help uplift the cultural atmosphere of the Huangpu district which Xintiandi is located in. He noted that there are more than a dozen theaters in the People’s Square area neighboring Xintiandi, and more spaces for performing art will be built in the next five years.
Sun added that the nature of the space in Xintiandi will provide visitors with a unique and immersive experience as they will be able to sit beside performers and join in the discussions and performances.
Although the majority of the shows are free-of-charge, audiences will still need to make reservations ahead of time via www. gewara.com. (100 yuan per ticket):
Afternoon of A Foehn-Version 1 by Cie Non Nova from France
Watch Me Fall from Britain The Tea Spell by Zhao Liang The Continuation of Thunderstorm by Beijing 707 N-Theatre and Hysteric Theater
Miss Julie by 707 N-Theatre and ETheater company
Strum-March by Wang Peiyu by Action Hero
A scene from Antiwords, a mime show from Czech.