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Saturday, September 15, 2012


China’s Shandong Circus Troupe Stars in Cirque du Soleil’s DRALION
from:  asianweek.com
By AsianWeek Staff
September 14, 2012
China’s Shandong Circus Troupe will be performing in Cirque du Soleil’s DRALION opening at the Stockton Arena on Wednesday, October 17. There are 25 performers (six girls and 19 boys) from China’s troupe in the show. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the acts:

Derived from Chinese acrobatic tradition, the Hoop Diving act takes on a tribal flavor from the African-influenced music to which it is performed. Ten male artists dive and throw themselves like arrows through small wooden hoops. The hoops are stacked on top of each other; some are stationary while others rotate. Photo courtesy of http://www.cirquedusoleil.com

This act requires great strength and flexibility. Displaying impressive control, the artist balances on canes of various heights, slowly executing a series of astounding figures while maintaining a delicate equilibrium. Photo courtesy of http://www.cirquedusoleil.com

The diabolo, or Chinese yo-yo, is a children’s game which involves holding two sticks linked by a string while sliding, juggling and tossing a wooden spool. With increasingly difficult maneuvers, the artists attempt to outdo each other in dexterity and ingenuity. Photo courtesy of http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
 
 

A blend of traditional Chinese dragon and lion dances takes on new scope when reimagined by Cirque du Soleil. In a dynamic and energetic tumbling sequence, the artists perform acrobatic moves while balancing on large wooden balls as the dralion characters surround them with a spirited dance. Photo courtesy of http://www.cirquedusoleil.com


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