By Lukas Steinberg
December starts with a weekend full of spectacles! The Shelter turns 5, congratulations. If you don’t wanna spend your Friday night in a mouldy cave, you can also go to the slightly more polished Club G Plus to see top DJ Paul van Dyk perform. Besides that, there’s an interesting theatrical transmedia adaption of the 2004 film “Interview”, and a group exhibition of three Chinese artists at Pearl Lam Fine Art Gallery. The Jin Xing Dance Theatre performs a new show at SOAC, and on Sunday, you already have the chance to visit the first Christmas market this year. Bamboo Studio does not only sell gifts, you get to make them yourself, too! And before we forget it: The new S.T.D. club Arkham finally opens, and we are most excited about that. Canadian electro remix king Tiga himself will be there to start what hopefully will be a series of party awesomeness and great music. And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Stage: “Interview” @ Anken Green Rooftop
“A renowned war correspondent interviews soap actress celebrity Katya. Initially he has no questions for Katya, but soon they are coaxing their darkest secrets out of each other.” “Interview” is a theatrical adaption of murdered Dutch filmaker Theo Van Gogh’s film of the same name. Directed by Michael Beets, and starring Carlijn Van Ramshorst and JP Lopez, the adaption makes use of multimedia to transfer the world of the 2004 movie onto the theater stage. Check out the website for more information and to book tickets. The play is on until December 2nd.
180RMB pre-sale, 200RMB door // doors at 7pm, play starts at 8pm – daily till Dec 2nd // 668 Huai An Rd. (Near west Suzhou Creek Rd)
Shelter 5th Anniversary @ The Shelter
The Shelter celebrates its 5th birthday at – who would’ve guessed that – Yongfu Lu bunker The shelter. To treat all the Shelter fans in Shanghai, they’ve arranged the Triple Threat scratch DJs Shortkut, Apollo and Vinroc as the birthday clowns. Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkies, and 5th Platoon will rock the party as well.
60RMB // 10pm // No. 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu (永福路5号, 近复兴西路)
Paul van Dyk @ G Plus
Berlin-based DJ-producer Paul van Dyk is one of the most famous DJs in the world, and it’s not the first time he honours Shanghai with his presence. It’s also not the first time for him to play at G Plus… Guess we’ll have to arrange ourselves with that, at least it’s not Rich Baby this time. The master of trance and techno will attract a large crowd, so expect it to be super packed. And you know what that means in a Chinese-style club will all the tables and obstacles everywhere.
280RMB pre-sale // 10pm // Club G Plus // Xintiandi, 5/F, Lane 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu 新天地南里广场5楼, 兴业路123弄, 近马当路)
Chinese Contemporary Group Show @ Pearl Lam Fine Art
The new group exhibition at Pearl Lam Fine Art features works by the Chinese artists Lei Hong, Su Xiaobai and Zhu Jinshi, who re-evaluate the philosophy, perceptions and aesthetics of Western and Chinese art, reinterpreting traditions, fusing cross-cultural influences and examining China today. Su Xiaobai studied at the famous Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and is influenced by Western modernism as well as traditional Chinese lacquer techniques. Zhu Jinshi’s style represents traditional Chinese aesthetics, which emphasize the harmony between human beings and the natural world. The youngest artist in the group, Lei Hong, incorporates both the characteristics of Western abstract paintings as well as the way lines are drawn in Chinese wash paintings and calligraphy in his works. The exhibition can be visited daily until January 26, 2013.
Free // 10:30am – 7pm // Pearl Lam Fine Art // 181 Middle Jiangxi Road (near Fuzhou Road)
Shanghai Beauty by Jin Xing Dance Theatre @ SOAC
Jin Xing’s Shanghai Beauty is a collaboration between the Jin Xing Dance Theatre and the German Tanzcompagnie Rubato. Themes of new versus old, individuality versus conformity, and east versus west, take on vivid forms in Shanghai Beauty. The makers of the show remark that conception of beauty differs greatly in cultures. “In China,’ choreographer Jin Xing says, “nakedness is considered superficial and unattractive”. “Mass in Western perception is a term for negative occupation. That’s completely different in Shanghai. There are many examples where you swim in the mass.” The show is a cross-cultural choreography featuring thirteen dancers that become a unit. Shows on Saturday and Sunday.
80-480RMB // 7:15pm // Shanghai Oriental Art Center // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
TIGA @ Arkham
After the awesome S.T.D. Halloween party in the abandoned halls of the former Club Angel, they’ve decided to settle down there and make it their permanent home. The name: Arkham, a reference to Arkham Asylum, the prison for the numerous criminally insane citizens of Batman’s Gotham City. The club is spacious with a smaller floor overlooking the main dancefloor, and no tables block your space – what a blessing for Shanghai. To make the grand opening a memorable one, they don’t rely on the cheap, ubiquituous honey traps like drink specials but musical quality: TIGA – a name that should make the ears of electro aficionados prick up. The Montreal born DJ-producer is well-known for his characteristic remixes. His signature style made him known as “the DJ’s DJ,” a moniker given to him for his immaculate technique, extensive knowledge of electronic music – all combined with his undeniable showmanship. Support DJs for the night: R3, ADO8, LINFENG. One, if not THE most exciting club opening of the year in Shanghai – our pick for the weekend! Pre-order your tickets here: S.T.D. Hotline 62116317
120RMB pre-sale, 200RMB door (incl. 1 gold cider) // 10pm // Arkham // 1 Wulumuqi Road, near Hengshan Road (乌鲁木齐路1号, 近衡山路)
Christmas Market @ Bamboo Studio
December has just begun, and here it is, the first Christmas market. You can directly buy small gifts from Shanghai-based designers there, or get your own hands dirty and create your own, unique gift in the bamboo workshop. They provide the raw materials and tools. Sounds fun, assuming you’re skilled and patient enough not to make it look like crap. But hey, the friendly gesture is what really matters and a self-made present means more anyway.
Free // 11am-7pm // Bamboo Studio // Liyang Road, Lane 1114, Villa 18, Suite 101, Near Hailun Road Subway Station
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