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    Home Life UPDATED: 10:16, December 09, 2005 Chinese acrobats gear up to wow Olympic crowds The Chinese acrobatic circle is swinging into action, rehearsing
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2005
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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
      committee.

      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
      sports.

      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
      winter.

      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,"
      she said.

      Source: China Daily 12/09/2005 page13
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