Modern Drama Valley，officially launched in 2009，is a significant cultural project of Shanghai aiming at the improvement and upgrading of an entire cultural industry of Shanghai. It is rooted in Jing'an District and has become a culture brand of Shanghai.
Committed to being the top drama platform in China, Shanghai·Jing'an Modern Drama Valley initiates an innovative integration of theatrical industrial chains. Based on its profound culture and history, as well as its key economic and trade position, Jing'an shows its confidence in building a theatrical brand that is comparable to the New York Broadway and London West side with its inclusiveness.
In balancing both traditional taste and international prospective, aesthetic quality and market needs, the Shanghai·Jing'an Modern Drama Valley 2017 selects a variety of dramas to attract more audiences into theatres to be immersed in its charms, meanwhile, to uplift the urban cultural atmosphere, building this event an influential drama festival not only in China, but also in Asia and the world at large.
Three main sections with an all-around upgrade
Three main sections of Shanghai·Jing'an Modern Drama Valley 2017 have been upgraded with numerous highlights. The section of Famous Shows consisting of both classics and masterpieces is divided into six series of eighteen Chinese and foreigner plays to be staged within 18 days. Four units of the City Dweller's Theatre, namely 11 Master Lectures, 105 Urban Carnival performances, Jing'an Story selection and 10 events for the Drama into the Community unit, attempt to bring dramas close to communities and the life of ordinary citizens. One Drama Award to be held on May 22nd seeks to lead an industrial trend, recognize of industry achievements and encourage the original strength in drama.
Six Series of Eighteen Masterpieces
The section of Famous Shows is composed of six series, namely series to mark the 110th Anniversary of Chinese Drama, International Vision, 20th Anniversary of the Return of Hong Kong, Pop Theatre, Masterpiece Adaption, and Small Theatre Classic. The eclectic collection of dramas reflects both professionalism and popularity，among which, a majority are presented in Shanghai, even in China for the first time.
To mark the 110th anniversary of Chinese Drama, TIAN Qinxin, the well-known director, in collaboration with Shanghai Theater Academy will present the 'Furious' as the opening play. The International Vision will see the performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a modern dance master who is still on stage and the French contemporary choreographer Joseph Nadj together with the former artistic director of Pina Bausch's troupe, Dominique Mercy......from the nation's most treasured artists to the young rising performers, from the experienced troupers to the most sought-after stars, including CAI Zhengren , WEI Haimin, CHEN Shaoyun, HAN Tongsheng, FENG Xianzhen, FANG Xu, JIAO Yuan, REN Suxi, JIN Shijia and so on, will present a theatrical feast combining classics and masterpieces from both home and abroad.
Seven Theaters Linking the City
In the “Famous Shows” section, the Shanghai Jing'an Modern Drama Valley 2017 cooperates with seven theatres, including the Majestic Theatre, STA Theatre, Daning Theatre, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Shanghai Art Theater, Shanghai Center Theater. and the Art Space for Kids will showcase eighteen national and international fine works. Based on the concept of ‘International Jing'an, Blossoms all over the city', the off-stage Urban Drama Carnival section invites a lineup of professional street artists to perform along the West Nanjing Road in places such as the Jing'an Temple commercial center, Plaza 66, CITIC Pacific and Wujiang Cultural Street.
A Brand of Drama brings Benefits to All
Shanghai Jing'an Modern Drama Valley 2017 is co-hosted by the People's Government of Jing'an District, SMG and Shanghai Theater Academy supported by the Modern Drama Valley Management Committee, Cultural Administration of Jing'an District and the Art and Culture Channel of SMG. Based on the profound cultural heritage of Jing'an, Shanghai Jing'an Modern Drama Valley aims to build a brand drama with professionalism, authority and global influence. It will continue to provide funds for outstanding plays to cap the top price range of tickets under 380rmb and to introduce discount tickets for students so that more citizens will be encouraged to the theatre and enjoy a feast of dramas.
In the early summer of May, join us in the wonderful experience of drama!