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Monday, July 9, 2012

New Shanghai Circus dazzles!

from:  shepherdgazette.com
Written by Linda Burlingame   
Monday, 09 July 2012
 Branson, MO--The performers in the New Shanghai Circus are truly amazing. Since they were very, very young they have been training and practicing. They continually work and practice to maintain their level of excellence. Amazing feats of contortion, flexibility, timing and balance, “mystical music and magic” — I never know what fascinates me the most.
Contortion is one of the oldest forms of acrobatics. On stage the acrobats bend and twist to form living sculptures. Looks can be deceiving: they are so graceful you forget what strength and skill is required.

Foot Juggling, Nose Balancing, Plate Spinning (done while dancing, doing somersaults and handstands!), Pole Climbing, Jar Juggling (huge pots!), Barrel Contortion (getting the body bent and into a barrel with a 12-inch opening!), Aerial Ballet, Round-table Skating (how do they do that!), Magic and Illusion … and some people think I use too many exclamation points. The Acrobats of China deserve many!!

The Chair Stack may be the most incredible to me. (Each act they do is more incredible than the last.) It takes so much precision and such remarkable balance. There are frequent “oohs” and “ahhs” and gasps from the audience. The Group Bike is astounding, too. Beautiful and brilliant costumes and music make the show a feast for the senses. I especially love the Lion Dance; clever costuming and movements make the character come to life.

In June Acrobats of China hosted their 6th Annual Adopted Chinese Children Reunion. It really is a wonderful event, with cultural games and activities along with a traditional Chinese meal.

The New Shanghai Theatre is on Hwy. 165 a few blocks south of Hwy. 76, just south of the intersection of Green Mountain Drive and 165. Flowers, plants and waterfalls decorate the front. A three-legged bronze pot dominates the courtyard. From Xi’an, China, the Chinese name for it is “Ke Ding.”

The Acrobats’ fabulous feats, combined with wonderful sets and staging, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, colorful costumes — create a show that entertains audiences of all ages. Don’t miss New Shanghai Circus featuring the Acrobats of China!

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