Sixty years of tumbling on stage

16:38, October 10, 2010      

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The capital city is famous for acrobatic performances, especially those by the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Qin Zhongwei finds out how it celebrates 60 years on stage.

An old Chinese saying goes: "Three minutes of glory in the spotlight takes 10 years of effort off-stage" - and among all the traditional Chinese performing arts, acrobatics proves this adage most true.

The ease with which the acrobats show off their perfect balance, great physical strength and precise control of movements shows the hard work that earns them the prolonged applause and awed admiration at the end of each show. For some, such performances distill the achievements and developments of the art over six decades.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the China National Acrobatic Troupe is staging a brand-new themed show at the Great Hall of the People, one of Beijing's landmark performing venues. A Letter Home from Oct 19 to 20 will showcase the troupe's proudest achievements and award-winning acts.

The birthday performance will not be just a simple succession of acts, it will merge the troupe's traditional applause winners as well as newly developed acts - all linked by the story of a young acrobat who battles against all odds to become a sensation on stage.

The narrative is also a mirror of the troupe's own development.

Source: Xinhuanet


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