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Performers use talents to fight pandemic, raise spirits

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-04-08 16:17

It has been more than 80 days since theaters across the nation shut their doors at the end of January. For actors and singers who were born to perform on stage, some may find there is more than enough energy in them waiting to burst out.

After seeing a group of Broadway artists deliver a "cloud performance" of One Day More from the musical Les Misérables, the Chinese counterparts decided to create their own version of a show. Within one week, 23 professionals from more than 10 cities sent clips of SOS and Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia! and compiled them into one video. The actors and singers want to deliver joy and hope through their performances, while expressing their longing to return to the theater and stage.

Many workers in the musical industry are freelancers. With cancellation of shows and theater closings, their work schedule has lessened, but their spirits were high. Many were using this time efficiently to study and create, and some are trying out performing online.

Their work has been shared not just on China's social media but also on YouTube and Instagram, showcasing the proactive attitude and strong spirit of Chinese performers in fighting the pandemic.

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