FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo (The Philippine Star)
December 28, 2010
The first time I watched a circus in nineteen-forgotten, I held my breath for so long while the trapeze artists were swinging above our heads that I almost turned blue from asphyxiation. I heaved a sigh of relief only when the two artists safely connected with each other in mid-air, thanking heavens that neither of them missed a beat, otherwise…
Last Christmas Day, we trooped to the Araneta Coliseum to watch Splendide: The Grand China National Acrobatics Circus and I still gasped in childlike awe at the acts that took my breath away and, although I kept my fingers crossed praying that the artists would land where they should, how they should (read: flat on their feet and not on their faces), I enjoyed the show without turning blue.
Like Spider-Men swinging on two poles, not missing a beatI could use all the clichés to describe the acrobats — poetry in motion, grace under pressure, style under stress, death-defying and, that’s it, breath-taking. The Chinese acrobats were all that and more.
12 female bikers cap their act in peacock formation
The show opened with what may be aptly called Feathers Dance with the performers dressed in bright pink, swaying this way and that way in perfect synchrony, forming a kaleidoscopic wonder to cap the act. What a fitting intro! Applause!Note: Splendide: The Grand China National Acrobatics Circus runs at the Araneta Coliseum until Jan. 2, 2011. read the rest of the story at:http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=643155&publicationSubCategoryId=70