Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30, $40 & $55
Presented by CNY Central & the SRC Arena & Events Center
Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, performing "Cirque Chinois," was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.
The National Circus 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. 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!”.
The Company has toured to eighty countries around the world. In 1987, the troupe toured Western Europe for six months as the Great Chinese State Circus. In Fall of 1988, a cast of 75 members and the Company toured to Canada and the U.S. State of Seattle for a three month tour, which included a Giant Panda who traveled to North America and home in the first-class cabin of the planes (a feat which required removing all passenger seats from the planes. The Company performed in France as Cirquede Pekin in 1988 and 1989, three months each year, and was so ecstatically received the French National Television and Radio Company broadcasted the performances for months after the French engagements were finalized.
In 1993 and 1994, the Company toured to Germany and Switzerland under the Direction of Mr. Andree Hiller, the world renowned Austrian Artistic Director who Produced the later famous “Africa! Africa!” in 2004. In seasons 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008, the Company toured to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain for six to ten months each year as the Great Chinese State Circus under the management of Mr. Henk van der Meijden, the famous European Impresario. The Company’s Flying Trapeze troupe was invited to perform with the United States “Ringling” and “Barnum & Bailey Bros. Circus” Companies in 1999 and “UniverSoul Circus” in 2007. Additionally, the Company has performed in Europe again in 2008 for Swiss Knie Circus, Stuttgart Winter Circus and Amsterdam Winter Circus.
In the Fall of 2012 the Company will perform their new program "Cirque Chinois" while undertaking an inaugural Coast to Coast tour of the United States of America and Canada. The troupe owns the Wuhan Circus Center which is a famous circus dome in China, which holds the Wuhan International Circus Festival every two years.
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