The 5 best events this week
May 12-13: Sound of Spring 2018
That's Shanghai and Urban Family's family carnival Sound of Spring is back! Join the festivities on May 12 and 13 at Jinqiao's Green Sunshine Stadium in this celebration of family quality time with tons of music, sports and activities.
May 9-20: National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This National Theatre production has been garnered with awards since its West End premier in 2013. Based on British author Mark Haddon’s intimate portrayal of the 15-year-old Christopher and his detective adventures, it is engaging for the whole family. Suitable for children aged 11 and above.
May 11-13: Clouds
An enchanting show for young audiences, Clouds is a visually stimulating mix of dance and performance art, where changing weather causes magic and nothing is quite what it seems. This 50-minute show by the Aracaladanza dance troupe is recommended for ages 4 and up.
May 12-13: Commune Market
Commune Market will be coming to you at Yong Ping Lane, a revamped Shanghai alleyway zigzagged from Hengshan Lu to Yongjia Lu. Come along and enjoy this blend of gourmet food, international culture, local designers, unique artisans, music and drinks plus Mother’s Day surprises for a fun and vibrant weekend.
All Month: Rain Room
The acclaimed Rain Room installation, which was a sensation back in 2015 and attracted over 200 thousand visitors, is back in Shanghai. This large-scale immersive display occupies an area of 150-square-meters. Generating the look of falling water without the feel of getting wet, walk through this visually impressive exhibition that provides many an opportunity for stunning photos.
The 5 best upcoming events
May 19: KIBUBU by Marie de Jongh
In this Spanish show, you will meet Xebas and Cocó. The clown duet decides to introduce a real gorilla to their new show to impress the audience. However, things may not go well as they expected. More than merely a comedy, both children and adults will be brought to laughter and given meaningful content to ponder on.
May 19-27: Chinese Theatre Works: Tiger Tales (Shadow Play)
Tiger Tales is an artful fusion of traditional Chinese and contemporary Western shadow theater techniques. The performance is presented by the NYC-based Chinese Theatre Works, which has won the highest honor in U.S. puppetry and featured at many festivals and conferences around the world. "Tiger Tales” also won three awards at the Shanghai International Art Festival, including Best Directing and Best Puppet Design.
Jun 1: The Little Singers of Paris
The choirboys will be performing a program consisting of classical works by French and German composers as well as selected folk tunes from around the world. Coinciding with International Children’s Day, this is the perfect occasion to celebrate the Little Singers’ vocal talents with the whole family.
Jun 12-14: Theatre de la Feuille: Papa
Founded by Ata Wong Chun Tat in 2010 in Paris, Théâtre de la Feuille is a physical theatre which creates with Western methodology from Jacques Lecoq along with Eastern artistic traditions. The show centers the concept of family. It is about old and young; forgetting and remembering; encounter and departure. It is a sketch of the family that will bring you home for dinner.
July 5-8: Dora the Explorer Live - Search for the City of Lost Toys
Everyone's favorite explorer is embarking on a live musical adventure in Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys. Dora the Explorer has lost her teddy bear Osito, and the search is on to retrieve him. Dora the Explorer fans will delight in the story, which invites them to think, sing and play along.
English version: Thu Jul 5, 7.30pm; Sat Jul 7, 10.30am; Sun Jul 8, 3.30pm. Chinese versions: Fri-Sat July 6-7, 3.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun July 8, 10.30am & 7.30pm. RMB180-480. Shanghai Children's Art Theatre. See event listing. Book tickets here.