Cirque ChinoisMr. Mei Yuezhou, Director & Mr. Ai Bing, Deputy Director
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 7:30 pm
Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China, performing Cirque Chinois, was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.
The National Circus of the People's Republic of China is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as "Great Teeterboard," "Grand Flying Trapeze," "Group Contortion," "Straw Hats Juggling," "Girls' Balance With Bowls" and many other outstanding acts.
Many of the artists in the troupe have won international awards and the company has won over twenty Gold and Silver medals and various other awards at international circus festivals.
The contribution the company has made to the world circus society is profound. During the 1980's, the Company started to change the concept of the "animal circus" to a new style of "non-animal circus" which influenced the then pioneers of Cirque du Soleil who invited many coaches from the company to teach them the acts such as "Balancing Chairs," "Bicycle and Chinese Poles", which culminated in the revolutionary program "Circus Reinvented!"
The company has toured to eighty countries around the world. In the fall of 2012 the company will perform their new program Cirque Chinois while undertaking an inaugural coast to coast tour of the United States of America and Canada. The troupe owns the Wuhan Circus Center, which is a famous circus dome in China, which holds the Wuhan International Circus Festival every two years.