Song: The Future is a digital human mobile interactive performance with extended reality. It sees the creation of a digital human character based on Shanghai Yue Opera House star performer Wang Rousang, sharing stories with the UK audiences on the commonality of UK-China creative industries’ transitional era and its digital future. This performance takes place at Leeds Industrial Museum from 11-31 October 2022, whilst being test-launched in Shanghai.

Headphones recommended

The performance will take place through a web app on your phone or mobile device, and is best enjoyed with headphones – please make sure to bring some with you!


Song: The Future is a practice-led research project following on from Song of the Female Textile Workers (2020-21), awarded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The performance is created by HUMAN and Megaverse, in collaboration with Shanghai Yue Opera House, Shanghai Textile Museum and Leeds Industrial Museum, and led by the University of Leeds.

The initial UK-China collaboration saw the creation of a filmed version of the mixed reality performance Song of the Female Textile Workers (2020-21), which tells the story of three generations of women and their intertwined love and passion in pursuing their careers, set against individual historical socio-political background. The performance was created entirely online, in response to COVID travel restrictions. The film will be shown in the cinema room at Leeds Industrial Museum.

Song: The Future continues to connect UK-China audiences through the sharing of people’s stories of post-industrial transition, and celebrates the commonality of UK-China communities in the digital era.

Song: The Future with Lu

Audience feedback

An important part of the performance and research project will be collecting feedback from you – the visitors!

If you would like to leave a comment or message, or are interested in attending the follow-up workshops for the project, please email us and we will contact you with further details in the near future.


Arts and Humanities Research Council
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Shanghai Textile Museum
Shanghai Yue Opera House
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University of Leeds