For the opening of Shanghai Interactive Theatre Festival (SHIFT) DASDUR’s Christian Steinhäuser and Electric Universe’s Boris Blenn composed a 60-minute trans-electronic concert set in an ever-changing multimedia live sculpture produced by phase7 performing.arts under the direction of the show’s creator Sven Sören Beyer. The concert features live musicians, traditional Chinese instruments, local children and youth choirs and dancers, all embedded in the sculpture and accompanied by elaborate light and video art. 35 unmanned quadrocopters/drones are the protagonists of the open-air performance of MURMURATION. The quadrocopters dance as a swarm of bright lights scattered across the sky, as if by magic drawing the audience into an artistic universe which excites all the senses.

Location: Auto Expo Park, Boyuan Road No. 7565, Anting, Shanghai, China


Artistic director / Show by Sven Sören Beyer

Composition Christian Steinhäuser, Boris Blenn

Musicians phase7 Christian Steinhäuser, Boris Blenn, Martin Rosengarten, Marc Eisenschink, Markus Hauke

Musicians Silk & Bamboo Erhu: Shilin Zhang, Dizi: Hongyuan Zhang, Pipa: Zhongxiang Tang, Jing Shi

Cello Fang Huang

Children’s Choir Little Star Choir, Conductor – Jin Yang

Youth Choir Shanghai University Choir,
Conductor – Jiayu Li

Light Design Bjoern Hermann

Video Art Hajo Rehm, Asaf Etiel

Interactive Art Frieder Weiss, Matthias Härtig

VJ Safy (VJ Sniper)

Choreography Lydia Klement

Dancers Jun Dong, Meng Chen, Jun Hua, Jing Liang, Ran Yi, Qianmeng Zhao, Duo Duo, Lina Hu

Costume Pedro Richter

Project Manager Jana Posth

Project Assistance Marieke Janßen

Music Producer Jason Zwolinski

Local Music Supervisors Thom Guo, Michael Wang

Festival Director Frank Chen Qiang

Quadrocopters CollMot Robotics, Budapest

Concept Sven Sören Beyer, Christiane Neudecker

photos by Johannes von Jena