The Acrobatics

The history of Chinese Acrobatic show

With about 2,500 years of history, Chinese acrobatics have won the nation the title of “Kingdom of Acrobatics”. Despite the advent of dazzling film shows and song-and-dance performances, acrobatic show still shines as one of the brightest stars in Chinese culture. As per the historical records and ancient relics, the Chinese acrobatics originated in the period of the Warring States. Artists developed a wide repertoire and called “the show of a hundred tricks” during the Qin and Han Dynasties. Later, a variety of acrostic performance such as traditional conjuring, vocal imitation, taming animals and horsemanship have been described in books and historical relics. In 1949, with the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese acrobatics have developed rapidly. On the basis of collated and transplanted brought the naissance of many new programs. As musical accompany, costumes, props and lighting have been improved, acrobatic have become a comprehensive stage art, performed by more than 100 troupes throughout China.

The achievement of Chinese Acrobatic show

For the development of 40 years, Chinese Acrobatic has played an important role in cultural exchanges between China and other nations. Chinese acrobats have toured to warm applause in more than 100 countries and regions throughout the world. In 1982, Chinese acrobats have attended in 13 international competitions and won 23 gold medals. At the same year, China joined the Circe of Tomorrow Festival for the first time in Paris and since then Chinese acrobats have won the Award of the President of France Five consecutive times.

The peculiarity of Chinese Acrobatic

Chinese acrobatic has its own peculiarity. The performance itself is very depictive, so the requirement for lighting is much stricter than opera and drama.
Chinese acrobatic should pay more attention to the music. Unique music can relax the actor’s emotion, make the performance more live. A successful acrobatic show also requires appropriate clothing. Costumes further enhance the beauty of the performance and increase the visual effects. Most of the style of the costumes are traditional and stretched.

The brief introduction of basic training

To become a competent acrobat, students must begin training the basic skill when they are only 6 of 7 years old. Because of the difficult and risky techniques employed in acrobatics, students must restrain themselves from a good deal of pains to obtain the gain. Two of the basic skills that the students must practice everyday are the handsprings and somersaults. Apart from somersaults and handsprings, waist and leg flexibility and headstands are the other basic skills students must master. The training is long, hard and intense, so each actor of the acrobat is seized of stunt.

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