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Spring in the step of Oriental Art Center events

SHANGHAI Oriental Art Center is best known for its symphony space and hosting of some of the best orchestras from around the world.

In addition to major shows, it has also produced many small and beautiful performances ranging from classic chamber music to modern dance, catering to an audience whose appreciation for music is increasingly cosmopolitan.

Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater will bring a double bill of two distinctive dances “Dust” and “White Water.”

Choreographer Lin Hwai-min told the media earlier that “Dust” is a piece that reflects his grief at the plight of refugees and displaced communities.

Dancing to Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 8,” the piece is performed by dancers dressed in dark colors against a projection of desolate images in strong colors. The performers struggle and crawl like drifting dust.

“White Water,” on the other hand, is a cheerful celebration of life, with dancers flowing like water molecules to the piano works of Erik Satie and other composers.

Internationally acclaimed ballet dancer Vladimir Malakhov will bring some of his best-known pieces to Shanghai with some of the top dancers from Europe. Malakhov has served as principal dancer for many ballets around the world.

The gala will feature 15 classic pieces including contemporary ballet “Two,” “The Dying Swan” and “Giselle.”

Multi-Grammy-winning pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy will return to Shanghai in May with a duo performance with his eldest son Vovka. The father and son first performed in China in 2010, when the 82-year-old pianist and conductor said it was great to collaborate with his son to present the most original musical dynamics to the audience.

It will be followed by another piano duo in June, by Dutch brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen, popular rising stars. Both in their 20s and from a family of musicians, they have both been performing since childhood, often as a duo. They signed a recording contract with a German label at the age of 17 and 14, and have since recorded works by Mozart and Poulenc.

Their repertoire in Shanghai will include pieces from Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Poulenc, among others.


• Cloud Gate Dance Theater

Date: April 24-27

• Vladimir Malakhov and ballet stars

Date: May 4-5

• Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy Piano Duo

Date: May 9

• Lucas and Arthur Jussen
Piano Duo

Date: June 23


Tel: 6854-1234

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd,
Pudong New Area


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