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FLIGHT THE WORLD-FAMOUS SHANGHAI TROUPE PERFORMS JAW-DROPPING FEATS WHILE WEAVING A TALE OF LOVE AND TRIUMPH.
hances are your resumé does not include such special skills as: riding a unicycle, flying on silk scarves, simultaneously spinning multiple plates, forming human pyramids, diving through small hoops or juggling balls with your feet. Not, that is, unless you happen to be one of the approximately 40 impossibly limber members of the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, who'll soar into the Walt Disney Theater on Thursday, December 1. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35. “Our acrobats grew up together as classmates,” says Zhao Shuangwu, the troupe’s leader, through an interpreter. “Acrobatic training is tough work, so the artists need to encourage each other. It might be a word, a gesture or an eye expression that would enhance the confidence of a partner.”
The award-winning, state-owned group was founded in 1959, and has performed in more than 30 countries including the United States, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Great Britain and Spain. The troupe has also appeared with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as with Cirque du Soleil (which it somewhat resembles). During their Orlando stop, the acrobats will perform a fantasy-themed production titled Shanghai Nights, choreographed by Zhao Shuangwu, whose family history is steeped in Chinese opera, and directed by Liu Junke, a former dancer. One critic recently described Shanghai Nights as “a show of almost endless movement and energy, with the only moments WINTER 2016 | artsLife