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As soccer fever caused by the ongoing FIFA World Cup continues to keep a firm grip on people all over the world, why don't we shift a little bit of our attention from the sweaty competition to some quieter and more arty entertainment. Here we offer a rundown of choices for you to pick up for the next seven days.
The cavalier Don Quixote will stop in Shanghai as part of the Spanish Pavilion's celebration at the World Expo. Chinese director Meng Jinghui again teams up with award-winning actor Guo Tao to remake the western classic, which will run at the Shanghai Grand Theatre from July 1st to 4th. The play is narrated according to the original novel, incorporating 3 of Don Quixote's monologues that creatively express his perplexed dreams, and unrealistic thoughts.
The National Art Museum of China is holding an exhibition of shadow play figures. They cover nearly every school of the highly-diversified art, and every locality. The figures are often depicted in profile with stylized shapes and bold colors. The performing art called "shadow play" used to be one of the most popular entertainments across China. Some see it as a rudimentary form of the motion picture. The exhibition will run at the museum's Number 2,3 and 8 halls until July 3rd.
Taiwan pop star Jay Chou will treat fans to a spectacular concert in Beijing on July 3rd. The extravaganza will include a hologram of Chou playing a guitar, as well as fireworks and other effects. Chou's latest album, "Era," was released this year, marking his tenth year in the entertainment industry. Chou's "New Era World Tour" will head around the world, including major cities in the Chinese mainland, Hong kong, Taipei, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Peking Opera: Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
June 28-30, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing
"Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy" is a masterpiece in the modern development of the old performing art form Peking Opera. It's based on the real life story of hero Yang Zirong during China's Liberation War in 1946.
Ballet: In the Mood for Love
June 29, Majestic Theater, Shanghai
Created by Shanghai Ballet Troupe, the ballet is a loose adaptation of the 2000 Hong Kong film of the same name. Its original Chinese title Hua Yang Nian Hua, literally "The Age of Blossoms" is a Chinese metaphor for the fleeting time of youth, beauty and love.
Concert to Remember Michael Jackson
July 3, Oriental Music Hall, Shanghai
One year since Michael Jackson's sudden death shocked the world, the Shanghai Jazz Orchestra will stage a concert "This is It" to pay a commemorative tribute to the King of Pop.
Pop Concert by Li Yugang
July 3, Hall of the People, Nanjing
Li Yugang is currently one of the most popular female impersonators in China. By combining traditional Peking Opera art with pop music, Li has pleasantly surprised Chinese audiences and established his unique performance style.
Children's Musical: Pippi Longstockings
July 3-4, China Children's Art Theatre, Beijing
The famous Swedish cartoon character Pippi Longstockings will implement her superhuman strength on the Beijing stage. The unconventional, assertive nine-year-old girl has captured the imaginations of children all over the world since its creation in the 1940s.