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Top 4 shows at Shanghai International Arts Festival this weekend

Classical & Theatre
The Shanghai International Arts Festival kicks off on Friday 16 October and runs for one month, with an array of dance, music and theatre events taking place across the city. Read on for our picks this weekend.

Sylvie Guillem: Life in Progress
Sunday 18 October, 7.15pm, Shanghai Culture Square, 80-880RMB
Don't miss this generation's greatest dancer taking her final bow, in a mixed-bill programme featuring pieces from William Forsythe, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Mats Ek.

Cloud Gate 2
Saturday 17-Sunday 18 October, 7.30pm, Shanghai Theatre Academy, 420-580RMB

Cloud Gate 2 is the 'junior' company of Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, but renowned choreographer Lin Hwaimin is giving them enough rope to develop their own identity.

Friday 16-Sunday 18, Friday 23-Sunday 25 October, 5pm, Jingan Kerry Centre, free

American troupe Bandaloop present themselves as 'pioneers of vertical dance' - they perform their ballets up and down bridges and skyscrapers, suspended from on high. Their first show in Mainland China ought to make for quite a spectacle.

Classical Music
Jukka-Pekka Saraste and WDR Orchestra
Monday 19 October, Shanghai Grand Theatre, 7.30pm, 580-1,080RMB

Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste leads the WDR Orchestra in Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor, and violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman plays a piece Brahms wrote for Joachim; today the Violin Concerto in D Major is one of the instrument’s 'big four' concertos.

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