Direct from Beijing to Fox Tucson, Shanghai Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. A performance of movement, color and wonder incorporating elements of acrobatics, Chinese circus and Peking Opera, the show invites audiences into an artistic world full of history as the actors’ flawlessly perform astounding acrobatics in colorful costumes and elaborate make-up, with a show for the whole family that is filled with visual and aural treats.
The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance With Bowls and many other outstanding acts. The troupe was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.
Many of the Artists in the troupe have won international awards including Ms. Li Liping, the first Golden Clown winner from China at the renowned Monte Carlo International Circus Festival and Madame Xia Juhua, the “Chinese Ulanowa” of the Circus World and Chairwoman of the International Chinese Circus Society since the early 1980’s. The Company has won over twenty Gold and Silver medals and various other awards at international circus festivals including the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, Cirque de Demain, Wuqiao International Circus Festival, Wuhan International Circus Festival and China National Acrobatic Competition.
The contribution the Company has made to the world circus society is profound. During the 1980’s, the Company started to change the concept of the “animal circus” to a new style of “non-animal circus” which influenced the then pioneers of “Cirque du Soleil” who invited many coaches from the Company to teach them the acts such as Balancing Chairs, Bicycle and Chinese Poles, which culminated in the revolutionary program “Circus Reinvented!”.