The 21st China Shanghai International Arts Festival opened on Friday night with acrobatic play “Dawn in Shanghai” at Shanghai Grand Theater.
The play, produced by Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe and Shanghai Circus School, is a tribute to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It’s among the eight new original Shanghai productions to be presented during the festival.
“Dawn in Shanghai” is based on true events of the city’s liberation dating back to May 1949. The play tells the story of how the underground members of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai unite with the people to defend homeland and crush the enemy’s conspiracy.
Apart from acrobatic skills, dance, drama, multimedia technology and even magic were featured to make the performance rich and exciting to watch.
Wang Jun, director of the festival, said having an acrobatic play, also known as new circus, as the opening performance is an innovative attempt by the festival, which echoes the celebration of New China’s 70th birthday.
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