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UPDATED: 10:16, December 09, 2005
Chinese acrobats gear up to wow Olympic crowds
The Chinese acrobatic circle is swinging into action, rehearsing new
jaw-dropping and innovative programmes as they gear up to wow crowds at the
2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Last week, major acrobatic troupes from North China brought their novel
acrobatic programmes to Beijing and tried out impressive feats in a
three-day joint performance at China Pingju Opera Theatre.
"Different from any other acrobatic contests, the show just provided an
internal exchange platform for Chinese acrobatic artists to explore more
innovations to the old art," said Fu Qifeng, a veteran acrobatic researcher
with the Chinese Acrobats' Association and a member of the appraisal
Now it is the fashion to introduce new props and other forms of arts in
acrobatics. The diabolo players acting as huadan (female roles) in Peking
Opera and adding a springing net for the pole climbing players impress the
appraisal committee very much.
According to Fu, acrobatics actually took root in folk sports, and many
programmes embody the deep history and long tradition of Chinese folk
Diabolo is just such a good combination of acrobatics and sports. Around the
Spring Festival, playing diabolo is very popular in North China, and the
game can make people warm and limber up their muscles and joints during
According to Fu, now the Chinese Acrobats' Association and Beijing Diabolo
Association are preparing to organize a diabolo team of 1,000 people to
perform during the Olympic Games.
"Within the next three years, we are planning to select more acrobatic
programmes originating from folk sports, and we took the Olympic Games as a
chance to make more people know about Chinese acrobatics and folk sports,"
Source: China Daily 12/09/2005 page13