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Pudong arts gala to stage Red shows

The 2021 Pudong Festival of Culture & Art will raise its curtain on July 5, presenting 22 productions with 37 performances through October 11.

In celebration of the Communist Party of China’s centennial, this year’s festival will stage 15 “red” productions, including the popular acrobatic play “Battle of Shanghai.”

After debuting in 2019, the play, presented by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe and Shanghai Circus School, proved to be a successful exploration of combining acrobatics with dance and drama.

Described as the first acrobatic drama of its kind, it tells the story of soldiers who fought for Shanghai’s liberation in 1949.

The festival will also stage performances by renowned artists. Tan Yuanyuan, prima ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet, will perform with some of China’s top contemporary and classical dancers to bring famous paintings back to life in her latest work “Magical Night at the Art Museum.”

China’s most famous ethnic dancer Yang Liping from the Bai minority people, known as the “Peacock Princess,” will present “Under Siege — The Full Story of Farewell My Concubine.” The unique performance is a dance drama set against the backdrop of an epic battle between the Chu and Han kingdoms more than 2,000 years ago.

Tickets priced between 20 (US$3.1) and 80 yuan go on sale today at


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