Where to go, what to do this week in Shanghai.
Cirque du Soleil @ KOOZA
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions: acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor, and explores themes of identity, recognition and power.
📍 Junction of Hongshan Road and Xueye Road | 洪山路雪野路
The Nutcracker Ballet @ Shanghai Culture Square
The Russian National Ballet Theatre puts on the famous Nutcracker ballet. Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1892, and has remained one of the most well-known ballet performances ever since. In Chinese with English subtitles.
📍 597 Mid Fuxing Road | 复兴中路597号
Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land @ Theater Above
Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land has been regarded as the most widely acclaimed masterpiece of Taiwanese playwright and director Stan Lai and his Performance Workshop. It consists of two plays: one a bawdy retelling of a classic Chinese fable, the other a poignant story of a couple separated in the wake of China’s 1949 revolution, and numerous stars have performed in it since it’s premier in 1986. In Chinese with English subtitles.
📍 5F, 1111 Zhaojiabang Road | 肇嘉浜路1111号5楼
Shalanaya 2017 @ Dianshan Lake Resort
Shalanaya is an outdoor music and arts festival with a psychedelic bent. There will be three stages playing psytrance, techno, and chill-out, together with yoga classes, workshops, fire performances, and a market. Expect non-stop entertainment from over 60 local and international DJs and bands.
🕒 Until Oct 5
📍 728 Jinshan Road | 金山路728号
Mulan – Shadow Play @ Ciro’s Performing Arts Theater
Shanghai Puppet Theater puts on the timeless fable “Mulan,” a story about a girl who disguises herself as a man and goes to war in place of her elderly father. This shadow play version includes stunning sets, sentimental music, and fantasy elements combined with filmmaking techniques and modern visual effects that breathe fresh life into an age-old art form.
🕒 Oct 4-21
📍 5F, 388 West Nanjing Road | 南京西路388号5楼
Shanghai Comic Convention @ Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
Enter the world of Marvel, DC, and anime at this year’s ComicCon. Shop comic books, action figures, and gadgets, then mingle with their creators on the showroom floor. Over 30 domestic and international comic creators will be present as well as many celebrities, with plenty of opportunities for photo ops and autographs.
🕒 Oct 5-7
📍 1099 Guozhan Road | 国展路1099号
Cara Dillon @ Modernsky Lab
Cara Dillon has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. She possesses a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since winning the All Ireland singing trophy when she was 14. Dillon is celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements that has earned her both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.
📍 3F, 188 Ruihong Road | 瑞虹路188号3楼
Hello Kitty Run China 2017 @ National Exhibition and Convention Centre
Because runs have ran out of themes, now there’s the Hello Kitty Run China, a 5-kilometer run where there are no champion titles, no time limits, very cool swag packs, and commemorative Hello Kitty medals will be given to all finishers. All ages welcome.
💰 ￥268-468; children ¥100
📍 333 Songze Avenue | 崧泽大道333号
Drew Fralick @ Kung Fu Komedy
Drew Fralick is winner of both the 2015 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition and the 1996 Decker Elementary School talent show.His outrageous, high-energy performance style leaves audiences feeling they never know what’s coming next: a song, a dance, a snack on stage. Anything is possible.
💰 Presale ￥100
📍 4F, 1 North Xiangyang Road | 襄阳北路1号4楼
The Sixteen Performs Song of Songs @ Shanghai Symphony Hall
The Sixteen is recognized as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, they perform early English polyphony and masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music, as well as a diversity of 20th- and 21st-century music.
📍 1380 Middle Fuxing Road | 复兴中路1380号
Shanghai Rolex Masters 2017 @ Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center
The premiere tennis event of the Shanghai, the annual Shanghai Masters is a pro knockout tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It’s part of the ATP World Tour Masters and sees the world’s greatest tennis stars battling for prize money in excess of four million US dollars.
🕒 Oct 8-15
📍 3028 North Kunyang Road | 昆阳北路3028号
The Westin Sunday Brunch @ The Westin Bund Center Shanghai
Sunday brunch at The Westin Bund Center kicks off October with brand new themes for the month. This week: hotdogs, burgers, and all-American flavors at Columbus Day.
📍 88 Middle Henan Road | 河南中路88号
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