How to stage a collaborative play with 99 characters that can navigate easily in the fast moving environment of Shanghai? Our new framework became a stimulating creative constraint.

In the early days of June, the six actor’s directors of the 99 project – Marta, Jessie, Genevieve W, Sarah, Lelia and Genevieve F created the pilot of the play and developed the main sequences and movements. A few principles became clear: a lightweight décor, sequences of reading, dance and music to compose modular shows, and a bit of experience from the readers and dancers to adapt quickly.  

While the 99 characters are inspired from real life stories of men and women from Shanghai, the art direction logically reflects the fast paced and urban spirit of the city of Shanghai. This is 99 Live Shanghai! 

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