*Chassé - French for 'to chase'

In the dance world, it's a "step-together-step" pattern

Hey! There's a new vocab. word you learned today! (;

It's great because the following months have lots for your eyes to enjoy! Iconic dance performances and screenings are coming to Shanghai and tickets are selling faster than you think.

Round up your friends for a night out in the city. Enjoy dinner before and drinks after the show to talk about it!


Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotional, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is an intercontinental, award-winning modern masterclass of ballet. And now, this London West End & NYC Broadway smash hit is coming to Shanghai! It's famous for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, shattering conventions, and turning tradition upside down, this powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale is unforgettable.

Shanghai Culture Square

August 15 - 22 From

¥200

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Paris Opera Ballet: Swan Lake by Rudolf Nureyev

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Given its status today as arguably the best, most loved and most admired of all classical ballets - the more time that passes by, the better it gets. Witness its beautiful take from the Paris Opera Ballet this summer!

Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre

June 29 - July 1

From ¥580

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Children's Ballet of Kiev: Swan Lake

The Children's Ballet of Kiev in Ukraine has more than 100 child dancers, and is often invited to collaborate with renowned adult performing groups like the Bolshoi Ballet. Swan Lake, with its mystery and romance, is fully lived in this production that really captures the imagination. Don't miss your chance to see them this June!

Shanghai Centre Theatre

June 1

From ¥180

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Paris Opera Ballet: Forsythe Robbins  Pite

This July enjoy 140 minutes of pure bliss from dancers performing choreography from William Forsythe, to music from James Blake. It'll be a beautiful blend of visual arts & ballet! You have to check it out!

Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre

July 4 & 5

From ¥480

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Aakash Odedra Company pres. "Murmur"

Aakash Odedra is an award winning, contemporary British dancer. His outstanding work has awed hundreds of people around the world. "Murmur" is a dark, intense, yet philosophical performance that includes different parts to the whole piece but still delivers powerful artistic weight.

Shanghai International Dance Center Experimental Theatre

June 14 - 16

From ¥180

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Dance Drama “Four Seasons & The Butterfly Lovers”

This Dance Drama combines two timeless Chinese classics! "The Butterfly Lovers" based on the Chinese legend of love, is a tribute to love by uniting traditional dance with famous pieces of 20th century Chinese classical music. While the "Four Seasons" is a fabulous fable portraying the change of generations like seasons. This autumn, immerse yourself in Chinese culture & art!

1862 Theatre

November 9 & 10

From ¥80

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Shanghai School of Burlesque pres. Travelling Circus

Shanghai School of Burlesque presents a Cabaret featuring their raunchiest circus acts, burlesque dancers and songstresses! For a taste of the unknown, don’t miss their travelling circus show with an avant-garde twist – it’s for one night only!

The Pearl

June 16

¥100 (Pre-Sale)

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Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote (Screening)

A truly grand performance, follows the courageous adventure of Don Quixote and his faithful servant Sancho Panza as they set out to meet Don's ideal woman, Dulcinea. The spectacular cast includes toreadores, flamenco dancers, gypsies and dryads in virtuosic dancing that is quintessential Bolshoi. So make your way to Huangpu Theatre and witness a true spectacle!

Huangpu Theatre

May 29 - August 7

From ¥100

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Royal Opera House: Frankenstein (Screening)

The timeless story of 'Frankenstein' has caught the attention of audiences for centuries now as it tells the story of the ambitious scientist, Victor Frankenstein and his monster. A moving storyline mixed with a hauntingly beautiful score and elegant choreography, this production of Frankenstein is one you cannot miss!

Huangpu Theatre

May 30 - August 8

From ¥100

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Royal Opera House: Swan Lake

Swan Lake is arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, with London's Royal Opera House one of the world's best ballet companies. The sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score is reinvigorated in this new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, it brings fresh ideas to the staging of this classic ballet. Simply put: unmissable!

Huangpu Theatre

June 12

From ¥100

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Aaand there you have it folks. Sit back and enjoy the show!