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Shanghai acrobatic show

bike riding show in shanghaiShanghai acrobatic show has a long history, which can be traced back to Neolithic times. Acrobatics came from  people's labor and self-defense skills. As the world economy developed, acrobatics was developed into a kind of performance art. Acrobatics became well-known worldwide performing arts. In the past forty years, many Chinese acrobatic troupes have toured more than 100 countries and regions of the world and promoted friendship and cultural exchanges. So far, China has won 85 gold prizes at international acrobatic contests. The superb skills of Chinese acrobats have been praised by people all over the world, and China has been recognized as the leading country in the acrobatics field. Now, there are nearly 100 acrobatic troupes above the county level, and thousands of non-governmental acrobatic troupes.

Shanghai acrobatic show is one entertainment that must not be missed by the young and old on a visit to Shanghai. China has many world class acrobatic troupes because practically every province and major city will have its own acrobatic troupe, and children are selected to be trained as performers from a young age. A high level acrobatic program needs excellent technique coaches and much preparation time before it is ready to be performed on stage. To become a competent acrobat, students must begin practicing the basic skills at an early age of only 6 or 7. Because the techniques employed in acrobatics are extremely difficult and risky, students must endure a good deal of pains for their gain. The training is long, hard, and intense.

The acrobats in modern China have set up a designing and directing system aimed at creating graceful stage images, harmonious musical accompaniment, and good supporting effects of costumes, props, and lighting in order to bring about a fully developed stage art. Shanghai acrobatic show contains all of them.

History of Chinese acrobatics

Chinese acrobatics is said to have started during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) two thousand years old, though some claim it is four thousand years old on the basis of the mythical Yellow Emperor, Huangdi, having straw hat show of shanghai acrobatic showstarted a martial form of acrobatics at a victory celebration in Wuqiao some 300 km south of Beijing. It is interesting to know that almost every adult in Wuqiao today knows some acrobatic trick. Since 1987, Wuqiao has held the Wuqiao International Acrobatics Festival which is an event for the international acrobatic fraternity. The acrobatics became refined during the Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) by which time juggling, fire eating, knife swallowing and tight rope walking were regular features. The Han Dynasty scholar and scientist, Zhang Heng (AD 78-139), has been much quoted by Chinese acrobatic enthusiasts as having mentioned in his "Ode to the Western Capital and to the Eastern Capital" the various forms of acrobatics then.

In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), acrobatics received royal patronage with shows performed for the imperial court as depicted by a Dunghuang Grotto mural. By the Song Dynasty (960-1279) acrobatics become upstaged by opera as an entertainment for the literati and the ruling class. As it descended to be an entertainment for the ordinary folks, it was continually sustained and nurture by the commoners into the fascinating Chinese acrobatics of today.


Shanghai acrobatic show Tour

Success of acrobatics depends also on good stage arts like stage images, music, choreography and costumes backed up by props and lighting. The frequent local competitions in China for acrobatic excellence have made China a nation unique in an oriental form of acrobatics that is second to none in the world. In Shanghai acrobatic show one can see breath-holding acrobatics, some of which can be so demanding in the timing and balancing skill as to verge on the impossible.