Tickets sell out fast as venues welcome back audiences

A contemporary acrobatic production,
butterfly loversperformed and produced by the Guangzhou Acrobatic Arts Troupe of China, was presented on June 8 and 9 as the opening show of the ongoing Guangzhou Art Season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The performing arts industry sees a sold-out return as the fight against COVID-19 continues, with tickets snapping up fast for concerts, ballets, outdoor music festivals and operas traditional Chinese.

Theaters are not as full as they were before the pandemic emerged, however, as they adhere to the one-seat rule.

In Guangdong province, Chen Rui, deputy general manager of Guangzhou Opera, said, “Even taking this into account, performances have continuously sold out.

The opera kicked off Guangzhou’s artistic season, offering nearly 220 performances to the public from this month to October.

“Guangzhou Art Season has been a popular event for local audiences for 11 years. The shows also sold out pre-pandemic, but judging by the messages audiences have left on our social media platforms, we can sense their excitement and anticipation to return. instead,” Chen said.

Over the past two and a half years, the pandemic has forced many shows to be canceled or postponed. When COVID-19 cases spiked in April, the Guangzhou Opera House, like many other performing arts venues in the city, temporarily closed. Some touring productions canceled their visits to Guangzhou, and local art troupes also stopped their shows.

“In April and May, we saw repeated closures and reopenings. This month, with cases under control, the venue resumed operations, the public flocked and continues to do so,” Chen said.

This year, the Guangzhou Art Season highlights productions by local art troupes, as artists from other cities may find it difficult to travel to Guangzhou due to the pandemic.

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