Shows must continue, despite closures, promises Shanghai arts center

The Shanghai Center for Oriental Art will take its Member’s Day event online, inviting the public to participate in a talk with a jazz musician and lessons in jazz dance and traditional Chinese opera makeup.

Jazz pianist Huang Jianyi will share his insights and understanding of jazz culture during a one-hour live stream with the audience via the Oriental Art Center’s official account on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok. It starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., makeup artist San Bao will introduce the audience to the charm of traditional Chinese opera through his own experiences.

San Bao has worked with famous opera performer Kunqu Zhang Jun, as well as other traditional opera artists. He will teach the audience traditional opera makeup techniques during the one-hour program.

Jazz dancer Xiao Kun will meet the audience from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., during which he will give viewers a line dancing lesson. Those with no dance experience or basic skills can all participate in the activity as the teacher will provide instruction for learners of all levels.

It is Shanghai Oriental Art Center’s tradition to hold offline Members’ Day activities on the first Saturday of every month. Due to the pandemic, this month’s activities are going to the online platform.

The center canceled a batch of performances scheduled for April. Programs will be rescheduled and audiences will be welcomed back to the center when the citywide theater suspension is lifted.

The city’s theaters and performing troupes, including the Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Concert Hall and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, are offering free online programs to enrich the lives of local residents as Shanghai endures a gradual lockdown amid the resurgence of COVID-19.

Ti Gong

Posters for Shanghai Oriental Art Center Members’ Day Activities