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.