in SHA : Switzerland
in Shanghai, Autumn 2003
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an effort to charm Shanghai, the Consulate General
of Switzerland has launched a broad promotion of Switzerland
in Shanghai in the autumn months of 2003. Many different
events in the field of music, theatre, art and architecture
are featured from September to December in different
venues of the city. These events are completed by
a promotion of Swiss food and food products.
events start with an interesting co-operation between
Switzerland and China, the Opera "The Bet for
Life", written and composed by Mr. Wen Deqing,
a Chinese composer living in Geneva. His contacts
with the Geneva Contrechamps orchestra have led to
an interesting modern opera shown at the Grand Theatre.
The libretti are sung by the stars from the Shanghai
opera, accompanied by Contrechamps.
at the beginning of October is a theatre performance
by the world-famous Mummenschanz troupe, theatre mimes
who have achieved world-wide fame with their colourful
spectacular and unique music event brings seven grand
pianos to the scene, the group "Piano Seven"
deriving its name from their way of performing modern
jazz for an enthusiastic audience.
Swiss DJ's Michael Fresh and Delabass from Cheesebeat
will grace the decks of Shanghai and spread their
velveeta gospel of sound.
Swiss culinary scene is presented to the Shanghai
public by the chefs of the Westin Hotel at the Bund
Centre in the month of November at the hotel's restaurants.
At the same time City Supermarket will engage in a
promotion of Swiss food products at its four main
shops. Switzerland delicacies are on sale.
very interesting photo exhibition features pictures
of Shanghai and its region taken in 1860 by one of
the first Swiss to live in this city, Mr. Adolf Krayer.
Another set of pictures was taken by other Swiss residents
of Shanghai in the 1920's and 1930's. The two collections
on display is completed by an exhibition of the best
photographs of Shanghai taken by the Swiss community
of Shanghai today. The exhibition shows that Switzerland
and Swiss people have played an active role in the
development of this city over the last 150 years.
Heinz Spörli's acclaimed Zurich Ballet will be
the talk of the town in early March 2004 when it will
perform the famous Goldberg Variations as a China
Premiere at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
highlight of the CH in SHA project however comes with
the official visit of the President of Switzerland,
Mr. Pascal Couchepin, at the end of November 2003.
He will open the Swiss architecture exhibition "Work
in progress" on the 49th floor of the Bund Centre,
bringing the best of the Swiss architectural scene
to Shanghai's Bund. The exhibition is accompanied
by models of some of the most famous buildings realised
in the last few years.
special section of the exhibition presents four Swiss
architects already active in China. It features in
particular the two models of the stadiums planned
for the Beijing Olympics of 2008 by Herzog & de
Meuron and Burckhardt & Partners, the new Art
Museum of Qinghua University by Mario Botta as well
as the new industrial complex of the Firmenich company
in Shanghai, built by architect Bernard Vichet.
exposition tries in particular to present Swiss architectural
achievements to the Shanghai authorities and the Shanghai
public and will surely fall on a very fertile ground
in this city on its move towards the World Exposition