China acrobatics needs improvement for world stage: cultural minister

20:26, December 16, 2010      

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Despite numerous international prizes won in recent years, China has much to do in order to become a "real powerhouse" on the international acrobatics stage, Minister of Culture Cai Wu has said.

"In order to enter high-level and mainstream overseas markets, China's acrobatics should develop its own brand names instead of focusing on scattered performances and individual performers," Cai said Thursday at a forum on the development of Chinese acrobatics and magic.

Cai noted various problems plaguing the development of the country's acrobatics troupes, including inadequate originality, low-end overseas performances and inadequate infrastructure.

Figures from Cai show that more than 90 percent of the country's acrobatics troupes do not have their own performance venues.

In addition, Cai stressed the imbalanced development among different categories of acrobatics, citing underdeveloped areas of air acrobatics, acrobatic circuses and pantomime.

Known for their outstanding skills and long traditions, China's acrobatics troupes have been awarded more than 150 top prizes at high-level international competitions over the past decades.

Source: Xinhua

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