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China National Acrobatic Troupe Marks 60th Anniversary

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A press conference is held in Beijing on Saturday, September 25, 2010, introducing the shows and events that will be staged in Beijing to mark the 60th anniversary of the China National Acrobatic Troupe. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

A series of shows and events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the China National Acrobatic Troupe will be staged in Beijing in late September and October.

The troupe will perform a new edition of the acrobatic show "Splendid" at the Poly Theater on October 9 and 10. The two-hour show includes 13 programs, of which more than half have won top prizes in famous domestic and international acrobatic festivals.

On October 19 and 20, a theme party at the Great Hall of the People to mark the troupe's 60th anniversary will include stunning performances and several prize-winning acts.

Zhang Hong, President of the China National Acrobatic Troupe, said at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday that since the group's founding on October 20, 1950, it had won nearly 50 top awards in domestic and international competitions such as the Golden Clown Award at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo and the President Award at the 26th International Circus Festival of Tomorrow in France. The theme party in Beijing will be a collection of those prize-winning programs.

To thank audiences for their support during the past decades, the troupe has set comparatively low ticket prices to ensure most people will be able to attend the theme party. The lowest priced ticket will cost 100 yuan, while the highest one will be 600 yuan, Zhang said.

In addition to these performances, related events will be held in Beijing, including an exhibition at the Great Hall of the People which will feature the history and development of the China National Acrobatic Troupe.

October 28 will be an open house day for the public. Acrobat fans will have a chance to visit members of the China National Acrobatic Troupe and learn about their daily rehearsals.

The troupe is the first state-level acrobat group set up by the central government after the foundation of the People's Republic of China. As ambassadors of public diplomacy, the members of the troupe have visited more than 110 countries and regions.

In 1999, the troupe set up an acrobatic school in Beijing and began to train future professional acrobats. The school now also enrolls foreign students.

This undated photo shows an act called "Buckjumps and Rhythm- Pagoda of Bowls." The show, which combines traditional bowl-balancing skills with breathtaking throwing and catching techniques, won the Golden Clown Award at the 28th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, known as the "Acrobatic Oscars." [File photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

This undated photo shows the Golden Clown Award trophy at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. [File photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Source: CRI
Date: 2010-09-26