Incredible Acrobats of China, Huxi Theater
205号 Wuning Road
Incredible Acrobats of China!There are many acrobatic shows to choose from in Shanghai. One, Eros, boasts, "If you miss this, you miss Shanghai!" but it looked very high-tech, more like a Cirque du Soleil, and I wanted to see a traditional show. Well, this was it. It's most impressive because it's such a small theater, almost like a high school gym, so when two roller skaters spin in a circle on top of a table-for-eight size round platform, then one grabs the other's feet and spins her around -- it really seems possible the one being held might fly into the audience. And you haven't appreciated FIVE motorcycles in a wire cage until you're seen in them in a small wire cage. I give credit for the smaller stage, the lack of impressive lighting -- plus each performer did almost everything! One tall female stood out and I noticed her straining under the weight of the other girls as they formed a pyramid while she pedaled the bike! She was the one twirling another roller skater, she was the best plate spinner -- talk about someone who does it all! Also the sign: "BAN PHOTOGRAPHY" seemed like they wanted to ban it for good, but once the show got started I felt like, "Who would dare potentially distract these hardworking athetes? BAN PHOTOGRAPHY!"
According to the website, acts include:
Silk Rope Hanging
Shake the Thick Stick
and Motorcycle Show (from Shanghai Circus World)