Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Year's Gala

Last night, we went with a group of teachers to the "2010 Shanghai New Year Gala Performance in Honor of High-level Talents and Foreign Experts" at the Shanghai Grand Theater (pictured.) The school was given a batch of tickets to share with its "foreign expert" teachers and we ended up in great seats - tenth row and right in the middle! The show consisted of fourteen acts, each amazing in its own way. The show began and ended with performances by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Between those were performances by vocalists, dancers, acrobats, a Peking Opera troupe, and a magician (who, honestly, wasn't great, but performed the entire act on her toes in ballet shoes, with seemed like magic enough.) It was one of those nights that reminded me that I really am in China and that that really is pretty cool. It also made me want to get to a Shanghai acrobatics show soon!


  1. Beautiful picture! What a fun night! When we saw the acrobats in Beijing, we paid a little extra for decent seats--and were embarrassed that all the seats in our section had large embroidered "VIP" labels on the back. But it was worth it to be so close. Sounds like a great show!

  2. Now that is how modern architecture should be done! What a beautiful building. I, too, recommend a full-length acrobatics show. Just don't try it at home (I know you, and I know you'll try, which is why I feel the need to say that up front).

  3. I agree with Lindsay. It might be dangerous to gather 14 friends and have them all balance on your single bicycle as you make the rounds in your livingroom.