Michelle Qiao/Shanghai Daily news
The Seventh Shanghai International Arts Festival announced a slimmer program
list of 45 performances from 18 countries yesterday.
Chen Shenglai, the
president of organizing committee, said the festival had reduced the number of
programs from 60 last year, but improved their quality. "The strictly selected
programs range from classic to pop for audiences of all kinds," he
Chinese baritone Liao Changyong's opera "The Barber of Seville" will
kick off the festival at the Shanghai Grand Theater on October 18. Other
highlights include Yo-Yo Ma's cello concerto concert, Ballet "Raymonda" by the
Bayerische Staatsballett, Balanchine's dance works by New York City Ballet, and
"The Taming of The Shrew" by Teatr Dramatyczny of Warsaw, Poland. The list has
22 foreign shows.
"The complete version of the large-scale 'Raymonda' has
never been shown in Shanghai while the New York City Ballet will bring an
amazing show of perfect music and outstanding dancers," said Lin Guiming,
chairman of the Shanghai Dancers' Association.
Rong Guangrun, deputy chairman
of the Shanghai Dramatists' Association, added that Shakespeare's popular comedy
"The Taming of The Shrew" will have a contemporary look this time. "A few
traditional Chinese local dramas from Yunnan, Zhejiang, Shanxi and Jiangsu
provinces have special features, which have seldom been on show in Shanghai
before," Rong said.
The monthlong festival running through November 18 will
also include a theater forum and an Egyptian Culture Week.