New Shanghai Theater reopens Located on Fuxing Road Middle near Shaanxi Road South, the newly-renovated New Shanghai Theater, originally built in 1942, will reopen to the public on March 10 after a closure of six years with a trans-boundary exhibition named Re. It is coorganized by New Shanghai Theater, Alibaba1688 and the School of Inter-Media Art of China Academy of Art, and will showcase different artists’ ingenious creations that seek new possibilities in old designs, products, machine tools and craftsmanship. The exhibition is from March 10 through March 31. The reopening of the venue will also stage a number of highly commended shows, including The Wilderness (March 31) written by Cao Yu, one of China’s most important playwrights of the 20th century. Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center will also join the celebration, presenting an inspiring menu of traditional and contemporary Kunqu Opera shows from April 7 to 16. Venue: New Shanghai Theater ഏ ݡ ս༫ᄄAddress: 1186 Fuxing Road Middle ڶྜྷᇖ1186ރ Follow shanghai daxiyuan on WeChat for details Every Brilliant Thing starring Wen Zhang Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center will stage a Chinese version of Every Brilliant Thing written by Duncan Macmillan featuring famed Chinese director and actor Wen Zhang, an award winner for dozens of popular films and TV series. It’s been 12 years since Wen performed onstage. This one-man play follows the story that a boy makes a list of brilliant things in life for his depressed mother and as he grows up and falls in love, the list seems to help him save himself. When the English play was shown in Edinburgh Festival 2014, the Guardian lauded it as “the funniest play you’ll see about depression,” and over the years different productions of the play have received overwhelming popularity in the UK and North American. The Chinese version will be directed by Li Bonan, whose acclaimed works include How Much Love Can be Messed Up and Mr. and Mrs. Single. Date: March 23 to April 9, 7:30 pm Venue: Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center ഏ ݡ ߌझၣඓᇖྖ Address: 288 Anfu Road τ ڥ288ރ Tickets: 300 yuan to 380 yuan Call 6473-0123 for details
Stephen King’s Misery in Chinese theaters
Directed by UK director Paul Garrington, a Chinese version of Misery, adapted from the Stephen King novel published in 1987, will be staged at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, marking the first time the story will appear on the stage in China. Misery follows a famous writer named Paul Sheldonm who is rescued in a car accident by a fan named Annie Wilkes, who then holds him in captivity in her house while forcing him to write a new book that will please her. The story was adapted into a film in 1990 and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Kathy Bates. The Chinese play will see Tian Shui and Fan Yilin take turns delivering the role of Annie Wilkes. Tian is a multi-award winning actress with works including Death and the Maiden, Othello and 4.48 Psychosis. Fan is a rising star in the Chinese theater scene with acclaimed works such as Noises Off and WWW.COM. The role of Paul Sheldon will be played by Lü Liang. Date: Until March 26, 7:30 pm Venue: Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center ഏ ݡ ߌझၣඓᇖྖ Address: 288 Anfu Road
τ ڥ288ރ Tickets: 80 yuan to 380 yuan Call 6473-5676 for details Borders: Us and Them From March 7 to May 30, New York University Shanghai Art Gallery is proud to present Borders: Us and Them, an exhibition that probes the emergence and transformation of contemporary global borders, and their socio-political implications. Taking its title from an eponymous song by English progressive rock band, Pink Floyd, the exhibition taps into the separations, discrimination, armed conflicts and dehumanizing forces bred into existence by borders. The first ever group exhibition at this gallery, Borders: Us and Them extends its field of vision beyond the confines of Shanghai and China, drawing together five international artists from three different continents – Rasmus Degnbol (Denmark), John Craig Freeman (US), Lorenzo Pezzani (Italy) & Charles Heller (Switzerland), as well as Reena Saint Kallat (India) – to examine the existential conditions of living between borders in a world increasingly marked by rising nationalism and populism, crumbling democratic values, and sweeping backlash against globalization; and how artists, as critical agents, can alter bordered reality through their practice. Date: Until May 30 Venue: New York University Shanghai Art Gallery ഏᄆ୮ݡ ս࿗ૌඓܽ Address: 1555 Century Avenue ൞ ࡇս֨1555ރ Call 2059-5599 for details The Weather War Curated by Kaimei Olsson Wang, The Weather War is the first large-scale solo exhibition in Asia of Swedish artists duo Bigerts & Bergström (Mats Bergart and Lars Bergström). It depicts their travels in tornado affected states in America, with their machine sculptures created to stop the tornado, through 22 works encompassing video, sculpture, installation, text and photograph. Over the past three decades, Bigerts & Bergström have become an outstanding representative of Swedish earth art and environmental art for their consistent focus on weather-related art projects. They approach the climate issue through scientific researches, historical facts and geo-engineering experiments expressed through their aesthetic imaginations.
Date: Until April 16, 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)
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Collection of Chinese artists who studied in Germany
Liu Haisu Art Museum will host a group exhibition dedicated to works created by 28 Chinese artists who studied in Germany over the last 40 years, presenting an attentive observation to how different influences of art and education in Germany and China come to confront and reconcile in their art creations. Notable participants include Zhou Chunya, one of Chinese famous contemporary artists; Xu Jiang, the president of China Academy of Art; Miao Xiaochun, a trailblazer of China’s new media art; and Qiu Anxiong, a veteran artist who specializes in animation, video and installations. According to Professor Huang Liaoyu, director of the German Studies Center of Peking University and curator of the exhibition, these artists share a common ground in their creative spirit that can open a new scene of expressionism in China. Date: March 29 to April 16, 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays) Venue: Liu Haisu Art Museum ݡූૌඓܽ Address: 1609 Yan’an Road West ဃτ།1609ރ Admission: Free Call 6270-1018 for details