Thursday, August 13, 2009

miss it and you miss shanghai - multimillion dollar stunning production

As a multimillion-dollar stunning acrobatic extravaganza, the first of its kind in China , ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology.

Just like Shanghai , ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and future.

ERA is a love story, yet it is also a contemplation across the millennia, a fascination with that other dimension man has yet to conquer: time. ERA's acrobats are on a quest to find that tenuous point of balance, the intersection between X, Y and Z.

Not only will the audience be amazed by the acrobats' control and precision, they will be enchanted by the world that is created through the use of multimedia, technology, lighting and sound effects, elaborate costumes, original live music and a lot more.

As such, ERA can remain universal, without language or cultural barriers. A thousand-year-old gesture is worth a thousand emotions, a thousand images, a thousand words ……

Allow us to feed your imagination and bring your dreams back to the present


We went to see ERA last night with friends who are leaving Shanghai after four years. What better way to celebrate life in Shanghai than going to see a signature Shanghai acrobatics performance?

While happy to have the diversion, I wasn’t particularly excited about seeing the show. I’ve seen acrobatics performances before and they’re all pretty similar. Girl who can bend herself into a pretzel? Check. Ladies spinning multiple plates on sticks? Check. Lots of guys tumbling about and making pyramids? Check.

Image Unbelievably, ERA, blew me away. Advertised with the slogan “miss it and you miss Shanghai”, the show is truly a staggering display of acrobatics and staging. It’s amazing how much audience tension a guy balancing on a stack of boards, balanced on a rolling pipe, trying to flip with one foot four bowls atop his head (that is already balancing six bowls) – can create. And the finale, with 8 motorcyclists whizzing around a giant metal cage, still gives me the shivers when I think about how they practiced.

The multimedia theatrical spectacular "ERA - Intersection of Time" mixes traditional Chinese acrobatics, a 2,000-year-old art form, with high technology, using multimedia effects to enhance

sound, create smells, and add wind, light, fog and even a spray of water to the show.

IT hit the stage recently in Shanghai, and may well change people's idea about acrobatics. The show is a combination of the traditional acrobatics and modern technology, summarized as "internationally made with Chinese elements".

Ticket hotline: 86-21-61115955 (English)

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