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Scor­pi­ons Crazy World Tour Shang­hai Date: Nov 21 — 8 pm

Venue: Mer­cedes-Benz Arena Fifty years have gone by since the days the ju­ve­nile Klaus Meine, Ru­dolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs wan­dered the streets of Han­nover, which was just awak­en­ing from post war paral­y­sis, with a bar­row car­ry­ing their in­stru­ments and am­pli­fiers. In th­ese 50 years, they have be­come Ger­many’s, or rather con­ti­nen­tal Eu­rope’s most suc­cess­ful rock band, the liv­ing proof that not only VW, Mer­cedes or BMW are able to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally, but clas­sic rock mu­sic made in Ger­many as well. Countless bands, in­clud­ing the Smash­ing Pump­kins as well as Green Day, Korn, Sys­tem Of A Down or Queen­sryche have cov­ered songs by the Scor­pi­ons through­out the years. “Rock You Like A Hur­ri­cane” on its own was cov­ered over 150 times by dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians. Ex­press­ing a ca­reer like the one of the Scor­pi­ons in mere num­bers is al­most im­pos­si­ble. How­ever, one num­ber that should still be men­tioned is more than 100 mil­lion records sold to date. This makes the Scor­pi­ons the most suc­cess­ful rock band of con­ti­nen­tal Eu­rope by far. Countless sil­ver, gold and plat­inum awards are only one side of the Scor­pi­ons’ his­tory. An­other is their un­abated de­sire to travel. No other rock band of their cal­iber af­ter so many years takes to the stage as of­ten as the Han­nover na­tives. They have played thou­sands of con­certs in all cor­ners of the planet. There was the 1989 “Moscow Mu­sic Peace” fes­ti­val, where the Scor­pi­ons ul­ti­mately con­quered Rus­sia, in­spir­ing Klaus Meine to write the track that not much later be­came the theme song to the Iron Cur­tain’s fi­nal fall: “Wind of Change”.

Web Traf­fic 2.0 Date: Dec 14-16 — 7:30 pm

Venue: Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Dance Cen­tre

Cut-in from the widely known fe­male an­chor, Web Traf­fic touches the econ­omy of the live broad­cast and its per­for­mance mech­a­nism through a com­bi­na­tion of dance theater, mul­ti­me­dia pro­jec­tion and live broad­cast. In Web Traf­fic, fe­male an­chor Liu Xiao­liang and her team strug­gle in the in­dus­try chain of the live broad­cast in shuf­fle pe­riod. She and her team seek for rules of the game and search for iden­tity. Web Traf­fic also re­veals that the au­di­ence and the ac­tors are wan­der­ing be­tween re­al­ity and il­lu­sion in the process of ac­quir­ing a sense of be­long­ing and self-re­al­iza­tion in this par­tic­u­lar sub­cul­ture ex­change ecol­ogy. In Web Traf­fic, fe­male an­chor Liu Xiao­liang acted by Jiang Fan, some­time plays silly live broad­cast through the huge mo­bile phone screen hang­ing on the stage, some­times shows the un­known liv­ing state of fe­male an­chors through ex­ag­ger­ated danc­ing, and some­times tells her thoughts to the au­di­ence like a lonely girl. From an­other per­spec­tive, th­ese scenes of vir­tual or real are art. The au­di­ences would sit on the stage and closely in­ter­act with the ac­tors.

Na­tional The­atre Live: Ham­let Date: Nov 10-Dec 29 — 7 pm

Venue: Huangpu Theater, Shang­hai As a coun­try arms it­self for war, a fam­ily tears it­self apart. Forced to avenge his fa­ther’s death but par­a­lyzed by the task ahead, Ham­let rages against the im­pos­si­bil­ity of his predica­ment, threat­en­ing both his san­ity and the se­cu­rity of the state. It is di­rected by Lyn­d­sey Turner and pro­duced by So­nia Friedman Pro­duc­tions.

Feeder First Live Tour at China ‘Feel­ing A Mo­ment 2018’ Date: Nov 23 — 8 pm

Venue: Tango Live, Bei­jing

Feeder is com­ing to China for the first time ever to cel­e­brate their 21st an­niver­sary. Formed in the ’90s, their en­er­getic and melodic mu­sic takes you on a jour­ney, re­mind­ing you what it means to be hu­man and alive. Come and share this once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence with one of Bri­tain’s great rock bands. Feeder is one of big­gest rock bands from Wales in the UK. The lead singer Grant Ni­cholas is known for his unique ethe­real voice giv­ing the band their iconic sound. In 2003, Feeder be­came a widely known band in the UK, with their best-sell­ing sin­gle “Just the Way I’m Feel­ing”. They had sev­eral large-scale tours and made the al­bum “Com­fort in Sound” which sold 500,000 copies. Feeder has won six gold and plat­inum records in the UK alone. As of now, Feeder have sold over 5 mil­lion records world­wide. In July 2017, the band re­leased the al­bum “The Best of Feeder”, which in­cluded all the pre­vi­ous sin­gles of the band and an EP called “Ar­row” on July 20, 2017.

Bal­let: Swan Lake Date: Dec 30-31 — 7:30 pm

Venue: Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Dance Cen­ter

Swan Lake is a bal­let com­posed by Py­otr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875. De­spite its ini­tial fail­ure, it is now one of the most pop­u­lar of all bal­lets. The sce­nario, ini­tially in two acts, was fash­ioned from Rus­sian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sor­cerer’s curse. The bal­let was pre­miered by the Bol­shoi Bal­let on March 4, 1877 at the Bol­shoi The­atre in Moscow. Although it is pre­sented in many dif­fer­ent ver­sions, most bal­let com­pa­nies base their stag­ings both chore­o­graph­i­cally and mu­si­cally on the 1895 re­vival of Mar­ius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Im­pe­rial Bal­let on Jan 15, 1895, at the Mari­in­sky The­atre in St. Peters­burg. For this re­vival, Tchaikovsky’s score was re­vised by the St. Peters­burg Im­pe­rial The­atre’s chief con­duc­tor and com­poser Ric­cardo Drigo.

TNT The­atre Bri­tain: Macbeth Date: Nov 15-17 — 7:30 pm

Venue: Bei­jing Longfu The­atre

A dark thriller as well as a pro­found study of the na­ture and al­lure of evil, “Macbeth” was TNT theater Bri­tain’s first Shake­speare pro­duc­tion and the troupe has pre­sented the play in 31 coun­tries world­wide since its pre­mier per­for­mance in 2000. This full-blooded pro­duc­tion un­leashes the vi­tal power of Shake­speare’s dark mas­ter­piece, blend­ing a highly phys­i­cal style, a wellinte­grated mu­si­cal score and a dy­namic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Shake­spearean verse that has gen­er­ated en­thu­si­asm from au­di­ences and crit­ics alike. As with many of Shake­speare’s works, the plot is uni­ver­sal. A war­rior — Macbeth — en­coun­ters three witches who pre­dict that one day he will be king. Un­able to re­sist the temp­ta­tion, Macbeth and his wife se­cretly mur­der the king and claim the crown. To hold onto power they will kill any­one who stands in their way, even their best friend. But their evil comes back to haunt them as ghosts and witches rise against them and a good war­rior es­capes their clutches to claim re­venge for the slaugh­ter of his fam­ily. The Mac­beths meet a just and ter­ri­ble end that is am­pli­fied by mad­ness and de­spair.

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