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4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival
10  - 17 November 2002



•  Circus


 Orchestral Music

 Physical Theatre

 Street Theatre




  Contemporary Music

 Other Events


Electronic Big Top

West Australian based multi-media performance company skadada will officially open Celebrate Australia 2002 with its exhilarating show, Electronic Big Top.

skadada’s Electronic Big Top is a circus of the future. The show explores the idea of genetically manipulated and cybernetic performers who are part human and part bird, insect, snake, spider and machine.

Electronic Big Top
combines virtuoso dance, stunning computer animations, songs, aerials, sampled sound, aerial dance, puppetry, electronic soundscapes, live music, and interactives.

skadada’s cross-disciplinary productions have toured throughout Australia and Asia to wide critical and public acclaim.

skadada's performance of Electronic Big Top is proudly sponsored by Telstra.



Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company will present two performances of Graeme Murphy's acclaimed Salome at the prestigious Shanghai Grand Theatre on November 11 and 12.

Murphy’s captivating choreography combines with Michael Askill’s original, live percussion score and costumes by world-renowned fashion designer Akira Isogowa, to produce a visual and sensual masterpiece, inspired by the haunting biblical figure of Salome.

Sydney Dance Company, founded in 1969, is today regarded as Australia's leading contemporary dance company.  Led by Artistic Director and choreographer, Graeme Murphy and Associate Director, Janet Vernon, the company has developed a large repertory of original dance works and has toured extensively.

For further information about Sydney Dance Company visit: www.sydneydance.com.au


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Recognised as a world-class orchestra with an international reputation, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, will perform two concerts Shanghai Grand Theatre on November 16 and 17, as part of their extensive 2002 tour of China.
Led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Markus Stenz, the Orchestra will feature the world premiere performance of a contemporary Australian composition by Melbourne based composer Julian Yu titled Willow and Wattle.


Performance Program

BEETHOVEN Egmont: Overture
MOZART Piano Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto (transcribed for piano)
YU Willow and Wattle
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9

For further information about Melbourne Symphony Orchestra visit: www.mso.com.au


All of Me
Legs on the Wall

Ground-breaking physical theatre company Legs on the Wall, brings its much celebrated production of All of Me to Celebrate Australia 2002 in Shanghai, for three sensational performances.
The Award winning All of Me reveals the passion, intensity and simultaneous love and hatred inherent in family life. 

All of Me won the 1995 Victorian Green Room Award for Best Innovative/New Form Production and the 1996 Edinburgh Herald Angel Award for the most outstanding theatre show across art forms, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

All of Me has toured all over Australia and internationally putting Legs on the Wall on the map as a leading physical theatre company.

For further information about Legs On the Wall visit: www.legsonthewall.com.au


Two puppet companies, Melbourne’s Snuff Puppets and Adelaide’s kneeHIGH Puppets, will brighten up the streets of Shanghai for 9 days with open-air performances commencing on November 2nd when they appear at the Festival's spectacular Opening Carnival on Nanjing Road.

Boomtown Family and The Cows
Snuff Puppets

Snuff Puppets, the Melbourne based giant puppet company, will literally stop the traffic in Shanghai when they let loose some of their massive comical characters during the 4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, as part of Celebrate Australia 2002.
Snuff Puppets combine puppetry, live music, visual and physical theatre to create a unique and idiosyncratic performance language.

The company, which has been together since 1992, has delighted, challenged and entertained audiences in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and Singapore will present two of their favourite programs in Shanghai in the lead up to the main Celebrate Australia 2002 program.

For further information Snuff Puppets visit: www.snuffpuppets.com

The Android Sisters
kneeHIGH Puppets

kneeHIGH Puppeteers are an Adelaide based, international touring company of multi-skilled artists and performers.

kneeHIGH are set to thrill Shanghai audiences with their giant 3 metre high puppets, the Android Sisters. Made of metal and all things shiny, the Androids will delight crowds as they wander through the busy Shanghai streets.

kneeHIGH brings together digital electronics, mechanics, environmental sculpture, pyrotechnics, circus skills and puppetry, for visually spectacular performances. They have performed in over 13 countries and in front of over 500,000 people.

For further information about kneeHIGH visit: www.kneehigh.va.com.au


Australian Documentary Screenings

A season of seven Australian documentary films focusing on life in Australia will screen in the Shanghai Library cinema from November 16 to December 1.
The program, curated by the Australian Film Commission, features some of the most significant documentary works completed in Australia in recent years, by such outstanding filmmakers as Bob Connolly and the late Robin Anderson and Trevor Graham.  The films explore diverse aspects of contemporary Australian life, from the outback rodeo to the streets of inner city Sydney and behind the scenes of the Australian Opera.
The films chosen to screen at Celebrate Australia 2002, the 4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival are:

Buried Country - duration 75 minutes
Cane Toads  - duration 47 minutes
Emily’s Eyes - duration 52 minutes
Facing the Music - duration 85 minutes
Rats in the Rank - duration 97 minutes
Rough Riders - duration 55 minutes
Tosca - duration 85 minutes

For more information about the documentaries click the film title.

For further information about the Australian Film Commission please visit: www.afc.gov.au


Spirit Country
Melbourne Museum

Spirit Country, a superb collection of modern Indigenous art from the Melbourne Museum, will be exhibited for two weeks in the gallery at the prestigious Shanghai Library from November 16 to December 1.
This collection of modern Indigenous art is of great cultural and artistic significance. It reflects the bold and resilient cultures of Aboriginal communities in the Central Desert at Papunya, Yuendumu, Haasts Bluff, Utopia. It also features paintings and barks from The Kimberley, Arnhem Land, Gulf Country, Tiwi Islands and Torres Strait Islands.

The collection includes works by Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Queenie McKenzie, David Malangi, Uta Uta Tjangala, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Jarinyanu David Downs and Rover Thomas.

For further information about Melbourne Museum visit: www.melbourne.museum.vic.gov.au


Title: Art, technology and the new performer: the use of digital technology in live performance
As a part of Celebrate Australia 2002 at the 4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, The Drama Centre of Flinders University of South Australia and the Shanghai Theatre Academy will convene a week long symposium entitled Art, technology and the new performer: the use of digital technology in live performance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy from November 11-16.

The symposium will introduce Chinese performing arts practitioners; academics, critics and students to Australian artists who are integrating live performance and digital technology. The symposium will demonstrate the technical innovation and cultural diversity of the Australian performing arts industry and will build on-going research collaborations between Chinese and Australian leading and emerging artists.


Live at the Glamour BarDeanna Djuric

The Glamour Room at the stylish M on the Bund restaurant will be the venue for late night entertaining from 10:00pm until midnight as part of the Celebrate Australia 2002 program at 4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Live at the Glamour Bar will showcase the talents of some of Australia’s hottest young musicians and also feature a great range of Australian food and wine. 
Audiences will be treated to the likes of jazz pianist Deanna Djuric, the revolutionary Clocked Out Duo, jazz guitarist Cameron Deyell, and members of the Electronic Big Top ensemble.

HuntMXavier Live at the Glamour Bar is proudly sponsored by XavierM on the Bund and Hunt & Hunt.


Australia will present an official gift of over 1,000 titles to establish the Australian Friendship Collection at the Shanghai Library as a permanent legacy of Celebrate Australia 2002.
A writer's program including readings and panel sessions led by award winning novelists Alex Miller and Tim Flannery will also take place at the Library which receives over 7,000 visitors a day.

During Celebrate Australia 2002, the Australian Trade Commission will bring together a group of Australia’s best multimedia and digital effects companies displaying their latest techniques and technology.  To satisfy a growing taste for all things Australian, visitors can make their way to the acclaimed M on the Bund restaurant where Australia's world-renowned food and wine will be presented.  Those with a sense of adventure can also visit the Austrade stand at the China International Travel Mart (CITM) to discuss Australian tourism products and services.

For more information about other exciting Australian initiatives taking place in Shanghai during the 4th China Shanghai International Festival. Visit the Celebrate Australia 2002 Billboard