Feats of balance

Sep 20, 2011, 09:31 IST | The Guide Team

Catch the Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe in action today as they take you through a host of twists and turns

Catch the Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe in action today as they take you through a host of twists and turns

It seems that we will never learn from history. So at a time when Chinese politicos are screaming themselves hoarse with war cries, what with intrusions in Ladakh and a spat over oil drilling in Vietnam, we have a group of acrobats all the way from Yunnan province of our eastern neighbours, come to perform at the Capital.

The group, Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe, is here under the China-India Cultural Exchange Programme. Founded in 1956, the troupe has won accolades around the globe with some prize-winning performances. They have a team of performers and draw inspiration from the 26 ethnic groups of Yunnan. So the music, stage designs, costumes and props will all give you a flavour of the province.

The group (seen in action above and left) has won accolades across the
globe for various stunts

The opening show will feature an acrobatic presentation combining Wushu (a form of martial art created in the People's Republic of China after 1949 to try and nationalise the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts) and lion dance. Then watch Butterfly Spring and Dream, that will have plates spinning like flying butterflies or like flowers. Then there will be girls juggling their feet with small blankets resembling blooming camellia flowers.

Hang on to your seats as the acrobats balance candle lights while rolling and balancing the lights on top of both her head and feet. Also watch a group of boys dive through rotating hoops stacked one on top of another to reach a height of 2.3m. The performance will also see girls swirl with hula hoops, juggle straw hats,
acrobats somersault while holding on to spinning ropes, rope skipping in the style of group dancing by the Yi in Yunnan.

Performers will also juggle with glass bowls filled with water. Hold your breath as you watch a couple, who have been suspended in the air by silk threads, perform an aerial dance. The act draws on a folk love story of Yunnan about a young man and woman aspiring for a happy life by the stream in the moonlight.
End your magical night with a magic show.

At: Sirifort Auditorium-I
When: Today
Timings: 6.30pm

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