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Chinese acrobats in Cirque du Soleil


13:51, August 29, 2012

It’s been less than 2 years since they left China to join Cirque du Soleil but in this short time nine acrobats have been on a spectacular journey. Their performances in the heart of Hollywood, California have already been seen by millions. Our U.S. Correspondent Michaelene Tetteh went behind the scenes for an up-close look at their life and their art in the entertainment capital.

With every flip every toss and every leap these acrobats are sharing their talents under the bright lights of tinseltown.

9 performers from the Shandong provincial acrobatic troupe are living a life bigger than they ever dreamed possible

Night after night their well-honed foot juggling routine is seen by audiences as part of Cirque du Soliel’s resident show in Hollywood Iris.

Zhang Menglong, Performing Artist, Cirque du Soleil said, “I think we love everything about Cirque du Soleil the working environment and the great weather in Los Angeles."

When Cirque du Soleil started working on a permanent show for Hollywood, these 9 acrobats commonly referred to as the Icarians were selected to be a part it. Iris made its world premiere on September 25th 2011. The Icarians have their own act in the show, which they perform 8 to 10 times a week.

"I think that we really get used to it because everyday we go through this hard and difficult training sometimes 3 to 4 times a day. We really think that it works to help us perform our best."

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