Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics
Witness astounding feats of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, manipulation of Chinese yo-yos and other traditional Chinese acrobatics. Students will get a glimpse of Chinese culture and learn phrases in Li Liu’s native Mandarin. In this interactive performance, several volunteers will be selected to attempt a few of the easier (and safer!) of the Chinese acrobatics on display. Students will learn the historical significance of traditional lion and dragon dances, as Li encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place, and what can be accomplished through disciplined training.
Target Grades: K-12
Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 400
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Li Liu was born in the city of Shenyang in The Northeast of China. At the age of six she began her acrobatic training, and the following year she was chosen to attend The Chinese National Circus School in the capitol city of Beijing. While in Beijing she trained for eight hours a day until she was 16. In 1984 her artistic cycling act won a gold medal at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France. She often teamed with her sister Liu Ying to create duo acts that were conceived by her coach and father Liu Gui Ting. In 1995 their duo hand balancing act was selected to perform at The Wu Qiao International Circus Festival where they were awarded “The Golden Lion” prize.For many years Ms. Liu traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia with The Liaoning Acrobatic Arts Troupe. She performed with Zirkus Knie in Switzerland, Circus Krone in Germany and with countless other touring shows in Italy, Holland, France, South Africa, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia.She came to the United States in 2000 with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured all over the US for two years. She has been living in the US and working as a freelance performer since 2003. She is a regular on the NBA & WNBA half-time circuits and is also is a featured performer on Princess Cruise Lines. In September of 2010 Li appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
The children were mesmerized from start to finish!
-Arts Committee Chair, Clara Macy Elementary, Bellingham, MA
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