New Shanghai Theatre in Branson, Missouri will host the 1st Annual Shanghai Cultural Festival from October 8 through October 11, 2013. Visitors will enjoy special performances by guest artists from Shanghai, China during the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus regular performances at 8:00pm on October 8th and 3:00 & 8:00pm on October 9, 10, and 11, 2013.
During these special shows performers from Shanghai will demonstrate ancient arts that delight today’s modern audiences. From the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe artists Liu Tao and Lu Lin will showcase their respective roles as the Marshal and female warrior in what is traditionally known as the Beijing Opera. Also making appearances are Suo Na player Mi Songjie and Erhu player Deng Yuemei from the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. Suo Na is a Han Chinese shawm (oboe). It has a distinctively loud and high-pitched sound, and is used frequently in Chinese traditional music ensembles, particularly those that perform outdoors. Erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, and is sometimes known in the Western world as the “Chinese violin”. It is used as a solo instrument in small ensembles and large orchestras. A very versatile instrument, Erhu is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as in pop, rock, jazz, etc.
In 2009 the Chinese Acrobatic Association called New Shanghai Circus CEO & President Mr Lizhi Zhao a leader in creating Cultural Exchange between China and the United States and proclaimed the New Shanghai Theatre & Circus an International Cultural Exchange Foundation. At that time the Taney County Commission issued a proclamation congratulating the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus for its success in Branson, Missouri as well as its contributions to the community.
In keeping with that spirit of creating unique experiences for our guests, the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Theatre will offer a Shanghai Cultural Festival each year. The 2nd Annual Shanghai Cultural Festival is scheduled for June 10-13, 2014, and will be in conjunction with our Annual Reunion for Families with Adopted Chinese Children that is held on Friday, June 13, 2014. Opening ceremonies in 2014 will be held on June 10 at 8:00pm.