The annual Festival Croisements (a.k.a. French Cultural Spring) is in full swing in major cities across China, bringing a huge selection of top class music, dance, art and film from the French speaking world to the Chinese Mainland. A celebration of French culture, the Shenzhen leg of the festival kicked off on April 16th with more events being held all the way to June 6th. Here's our pick of some of the best upcoming events.
1) Pierre Rigal's "Game Over" DanceView In Map
French dancer, choreographer and former elite athlete Pierre Rigal draws on the controversial 1982 Seville World Cup semi-final between France and West Germany, to create an eye catching dance performance which heavily relies on Rigal's personal memory. Rigal's rich choreography and theatrical interpretation, blurs the boundaries of circus and dance as the performers, creature-like, move across the stage in a play of shadow and light revealing the power of sport to create potent myths, icons and clichés.
When: April 22nd, 20:00
Price: free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets can be reserved from 13:00 on April 18th onwards. Call 0755 2399 2011 or 2399 2012 to make booking.
Metamorphoz Dance Crew in action.
2) Metamorphoz Dance Crew: Street BalletView In Map
"Street Ballet" is the first work by the Hip-Hop inspired dance crew Metamorphoz. Dancing to anything from Vivaldi to Yann Tiersen wearing white masks and outfits, this crew of six dancers transports audiences into a world where musical emotions are combined with skill and dexterity and where the classical is melted with the modern.
When: April 29th, 19:30
Where: Shenzhen University, 3688 Nanhai Dadao, Shenzhen
3) "Stand Alone Zone" by Système Castafiore
Stand Alone Zone is the critically acclaimed theatrical act by Systeme Castafiore, which explores the madness of a post-apocalyptic world by combining poetry, humour, dance, sophisticated imagery and sound effects.
When: June 6th, 19:30-20:30
Where: Shenzhen Grand Theatre
Price: free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets can be reserved from 13:00 on June 2nd onwards. Call 0755 2399 2011 or 2399 2012 to make booking.
4) 9th Panorama of French Cinema
From April 16th to 22nd, the Imax Theatre in Nanshan District is hosting the 9th Panorama of French Cinema, screening nine full-length features and ten short films. Films to be screened include: Mon Pire Cauchemar, Les Hommes Libres, Guerre est Declaree, L'Art D'Aimer, Ici Bas, Headwinds, La Fee and many more.
When: April 16-22nd
Where: Imax Theatre, 8 Baishi Lu Dong, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区白石路东8号欢乐海岸园区内的曲水湾2栋A区中影国际影城
Tel : 0755 8661 7199
5) Morosof Company: Eppur Si Muove
This contemporary circus/performance group fuses acrobatics, folk songs, rock music and original tunes to deliver an action-packed and breath-taking performance that defies the laws of gravity and leaves audiences in awe. The two main performers are Rafaël Moraes from Brazil and Blancaluz Capella from Argentina who founded Morosof Company in 2006. They have since gone on to win numerous awards with their various works and are credited with injecting a breath of fresh air into the genre of acrobatics.
When: May 30th, 19:30
Where: Shenzhen Youth Palace, 2002 Fuzhong Yilu, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区福中一路2002号深圳市少年宫
Tel: 0755 8351 3000
For more information about these events and more, check out faguowenhua.com (Chinese and French only)
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