Chongqing – With the next Qingming Festival still one year away, many people still reminiscing the joys of the three-day holiday chose to vent their dismal on microblogging platform Weibo, starting a hashtag that can be literally translated to corporate slaves are already waiting for the International Labour Day, which has generated over 37 million views and discussions.
Well, for those of you also desperately waiting for the five-day Labour Day holiday, here is a list of appetizers — theatrical performances scheduled for the city’s various entertainment venues from April 9 to 30.
No. 1: Quyi “Mountain City Anecdotes”
Quyi is a generic term referring to traditional Chinese folk art forms, including ballad singing, story-telling, comic dialogues, clapper-talk, cross-talk, etc. The Quyi show of Mountain City Anecdotes is part of the “Mountain City Artistic Memories” series of the Chongqing Folk Arts Troup. The show will be staged at the Shancheng Folk Art Hall in Yuzhong District from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on April 9, and tickets are currently sold at CNY29.9 per person.
No. 2: Concert “Ashes Have Settled”
The Chongqing Symphony Orchestra’s concert Ashes Have Settled will be performed at the Artistic Hall of the Chongqing Opera House. The show is slated to start at 7:00 p.m. on April 9, and the tickets are currently sold at 50 yuan per person.
No. 3: Quyi “Yuan Sheng She Comedy Special”
The show is a special performance of Yuan Sheng She, a local Chongqing-Sichuan dialect comedy group that has attracted some 459,000 followers on short video sharing platform Douyin, Tic Tok’s sister app on the Chinese Mainland. The dedicated folk art forms will include cross-talks, sketch comedies, and talk shows.
The quyi will be staged at the Bayu Book House starting from 7:30 p.m. on April 9, and the tickets are currently sold at 48 yuan or 68 yuan per person.
No. 4: Children’s Play “Pulling Out Tiger’s Teeth”
The children’s play will be a physical theater that uses body language to demonstrate emotions and feelings. The show will be staged at the Shilou Theater in Yuzhong District, starting at 3:00 p.m. on April 10. The tickets are currently sold at 40 yuan, 100 yuan, 180 yuan, 280 yuan, 380 yuan, and 480 yuan per person.
No. 5: Quyi “Che Guan’er”
Organized by Chongyan Times Art Center and sponsored by Chongqing Performance Art Group, the Quyi show is scheduled to be staged at the Chongyan Times Art Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. The tickets are currently sold at 80 yuan, 130 yuan, and 180 yuan per person.
No. 6: Quyi “Days on Television 3”
The quyi show will be staged at the Yunhu Concert Hall of Chongqing Guotai Artistic Center, starting from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 10. The tickets are currently sold at 60 yuan, 80 yuan, 120 yuan, 180 yuan, and 380 yuan per person.
No. 7: Comedy “What? So What? Now What?”
Dubbed as a comedy with distinctive Chongqing characteristics, the show features a local slang of “Lang Ge Leng Ge Le Ge Ye,” which can be literally translated to ‘what? so what? now what?’ as the main catchphrase. The show will be staged at the Bayu Theater in the Hongya Folk Custom Characteristic Scenic Area, starting at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on April 10, respectively. The tickets are currently sold at 88 yuan per person.
No. 8: Quyi “Heiyougeng Open Mic Standup Comedy”
The show features a combination of the characteristics of open mic standup comedies and traditional quyi art. It takes on the running gags of distinctive Chongqing local cultures as the main theme. The quyi-comedy will be staged at the Shancheng Folk Art Hall in Yuzhong District, starting from 7:30 p.m. on April 9 and April 10. Tickets are currently sold at 29.9 yuan per person.
No. 9: Quyi “The Art of Mountain City In Memory”
Dubbed as the first stationed culture and tourism show in Chongqing, the show is slated to be performed by the Chongqing Folk Arts Troup at the Shancheng Folk Art Hall from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 9 and April 10. The tickets are currently sold at 120 yuan and 160 yuan per person.
No. 10: Mahua Fun Age’s First Suspense/Thriller/Comedy “Hangover”
Mahua Fun Age has been widely hailed as China’s No. 1 comedy production company whose business footprint ranges from stage productions, artist agencies, motion pictures, theater chains, internet TV shows, and live streaming to improvisational drama.
Hangover is directed by Ma Da and has been branded as Mahua Fun Age’s first-ever suspense/thriller/comedy show. The show will be staged at the Chongqing Guotai Artistic Center, starting from 7:30 p.m. on April 9 and April 10. The ticket price is still currently unknown, so you might have to inquire about detailed information from relevant authorities first.
No. 11: Talkshow “YuanQ Comedy Talk Show”
The talk show is performed by YuanQ Comedy and will be staged at the Dangdang Book Store on the B2 floor of Guotai Square in Yuzhong District. The tickets are currently sold at 68 yuan per person or 120 yuan package price for two.
No. 12: Exhibition “Skyrocketing Spirit of the Ox”
The exhibition is part of the New Year Cultural Exhibitions Series. It is currently being held at Exhibition Hall C on the Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum on the third floor. The exhibition is scheduled to be open to the public from January 19 to April 30.
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