Living in... Shanghai, Uncategorized SHANGHAI ACROBATIC TROUPE SHOW! 14 October 2009

We got ourselves some tickets to the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe show, because amazingly, we’d never had a chance to check out an Acrobatic show since moving to Shanghai earlier this year. Chinese acrobats are famous for being flat-out excellent. I really think that the Chinese people, when driven, are REALLY driven.. and have an incredible strive to suceed. I’ve heard that the acrobats practice for hours and hours a day, every single day. It can’t be easy, but man they are impressive.

The show was very evidently catered for foreigners. In fact, tourists turned up by the busloads! Basically the ENTIRE theatre was packed with foreigners.. it was surreal, like we were in Australia, and there was hardly an Asian face around. The show itself had a lot of music, and amazing backgrounds and choreography. It’s hard to explain, but I felt the costumes, backgrounds, etc were quite Westernised. Good, because it meant that we were well entertained and ‘got’ it all, but bad in a way because it made me wonder what an acrobatic show for China locals would be like – I wonder what the differences would be?

We loved the show though – it was fabulous with lots of breathtaking moments and beautiful backdrops and costumes. Very very well put together, presented, and performed. It’s expensive (I assume this is because, again, it’s catered for foreigners) but still worth it because we had a great time and a great evening!


Man she’s got good balance

Launching up in the air and skipping with a hoop – easy peasy, right?

Lots of guys and lots of hoops

The ‘beginners’ level.. before it gets a whole lot crazier!

Video of the guys jumping through tons of hoops

(link for China users)

One unbelievably flexible girl

Video of the amazing girl twisting around (with 1 foot high up in the air)

(link for China users)

Riding a unicycle and juggling – all in sync

Balancing chairs (they weren’t glued/welded together or anything!) and then doing handstands

Really romantic and flowy performance where they ‘flew’ using the ribbons

Jumping and launching people onto a 5-person tower, with no safety net!

TAAAA DAAAAA!


45 Comments

  • rollagirl9 posted on October 14, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Wow!

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

      You know, they should do more acrobat shows in Syd, I don’t think I’ve ever been to one there!

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  • starbucksweetie posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:23 am

    The chair thing is amazing!

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

      it made me SO friggin scared though… Man those guys have good balance!

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  • Anonymous posted on October 14, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Saw a similar show in Beijing years ago. If I recall correctly it had mostly locals in the audience who enjoyed the show.

    Cheers
    June

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

      Ah cool, so it’s similar?? I really loved it, going to another one in 2 weeks 😛

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  • rollagirl9 posted on October 14, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Wow!

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

      You know, they should do more acrobat shows in Syd, I don’t think I’ve ever been to one there!

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

      You know, they should do more acrobat shows in Syd, I don’t think I’ve ever been to one there!

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  • rollagirl9 posted on October 14, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Wow!

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  • starbucksweetie posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:23 am

    The chair thing is amazing!

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

      it made me SO friggin scared though… Man those guys have good balance!

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

      it made me SO friggin scared though… Man those guys have good balance!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:23 am

    The chair thing is amazing!

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  • Anonymous posted on October 14, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Saw a similar show in Beijing years ago. If I recall correctly it had mostly locals in the audience who enjoyed the show.

    Cheers
    June

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

      Ah cool, so it’s similar?? I really loved it, going to another one in 2 weeks 😛

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    • beverly posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

      Ah cool, so it’s similar?? I really loved it, going to another one in 2 weeks 😛

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on October 14, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Saw a similar show in Beijing years ago. If I recall correctly it had mostly locals in the audience who enjoyed the show.

    Cheers
    June

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  • irene82 posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I watched that exact same acrobats show when I was in Shanghai 2 years ago. I was in awe!

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Wow really the same one? what a coincidence! 🙂

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  • skylermarie posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I saw a show like that when I was in Shanghai! Their grand finale was riding a motorcycle through a giant sphere cage… then adding more and more bikes until it was about SEVEN motorbikes in this tiny cage. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, fearing a fiery explosion :-O It was amazing though.

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Eeeek that would FREAK me out! I was really amazed at the stunts they pulled through the whole show, but it made my stomach go all flip-floppy, haha

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  • irene82 posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I watched that exact same acrobats show when I was in Shanghai 2 years ago. I was in awe!

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Wow really the same one? what a coincidence! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Wow really the same one? what a coincidence! 🙂

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  • irene82 posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I watched that exact same acrobats show when I was in Shanghai 2 years ago. I was in awe!

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  • skylermarie posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I saw a show like that when I was in Shanghai! Their grand finale was riding a motorcycle through a giant sphere cage… then adding more and more bikes until it was about SEVEN motorbikes in this tiny cage. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, fearing a fiery explosion :-O It was amazing though.

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Eeeek that would FREAK me out! I was really amazed at the stunts they pulled through the whole show, but it made my stomach go all flip-floppy, haha

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Eeeek that would FREAK me out! I was really amazed at the stunts they pulled through the whole show, but it made my stomach go all flip-floppy, haha

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  • skylermarie posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I saw a show like that when I was in Shanghai! Their grand finale was riding a motorcycle through a giant sphere cage… then adding more and more bikes until it was about SEVEN motorbikes in this tiny cage. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, fearing a fiery explosion :-O It was amazing though.

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  • gilraen_girl posted on October 15, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Bev, you obviously weren’t right up close but those are really good pictures. Do you mind telling me what camera you used?

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

      It’s a Lumix LX3… I love it!

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  • gilraen_girl posted on October 15, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Bev, you obviously weren’t right up close but those are really good pictures. Do you mind telling me what camera you used?

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

      It’s a Lumix LX3… I love it!

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    • beverly posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

      It’s a Lumix LX3… I love it!

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  • gilraen_girl posted on October 15, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Bev, you obviously weren’t right up close but those are really good pictures. Do you mind telling me what camera you used?

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  • lal_paritskiy posted on October 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    :O

    O my god! It’s magnificent!

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    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

      Re: :O

      It was HELLA fun. totally worth it, we’re going to another one for mybirthday in 2 wks!

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  • lal_paritskiy posted on October 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    :O

    O my god! It’s magnificent!

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    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

      Re: :O

      It was HELLA fun. totally worth it, we’re going to another one for mybirthday in 2 wks!

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    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

      Re: :O

      It was HELLA fun. totally worth it, we’re going to another one for mybirthday in 2 wks!

      Reply
  • lal_paritskiy posted on October 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    :O

    O my god! It’s magnificent!

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  • koffiekitten posted on October 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    stunning, so refined.

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  • koffiekitten posted on October 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    stunning, so refined.

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  • koffiekitten posted on October 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    stunning, so refined.

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