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Canadian circus show 'Cirkopolis' wows Beijing

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07-29-2016 18:08 BJT

Local circus, dance and theatre fans in Beijing are having their visual fascinations gratified by a world leader in contemporary circus arts this summer. The award-winning Canadian troupe "Cirque Eloize" opens their spectacular show "Cirkopolis" at Beijing's Poly Theatre.

Local circus, dance and theatre fans in Beijing are having their visual fascinations gratified by a world leader in contemporary circus arts this summer. The award-winning Canadian troupe "Cirque Eloize" opens their spectacular show "Cirkopolis" at Beijing

Local circus, dance and theatre fans in Beijing are having their visual fascinations gratified by a world leader in contemporary circus arts this summer. The award-winning Canadian troupe "Cirque Eloize" opens their spectacular show "Cirkopolis" at Beijing's Poly Theatre.

In the heart of a stern and imposing city appearance, giant gears and dark portals symbolize a mechanism that crushes individuality. Performing within an inventive stage design and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, ten acrobats and multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city. In a world where fantasy provokes reality, the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of colour.

Cirkopolis manages to layer theatre and dance on top of an acrobatic base, and contrast staggering stunts with moments of real intimacy, making the total picture all the more powerful.

"It's very different from our traditional acrobatic shows. This performance is not just about acrobatics, there's also dancing and acting. I really enjoyed it," said a woman.

"Cirkopolis is a new breed of the new circus. You won’t see animal acts, circus outfits or big floppy shoes. Instead, you can see acrobats in office-wear leaping between line cabinets or swinging from trapezes, ropes or straps above the office floor. It's close to your everyday life," said Wang Shengnan, from Beijing Poly Theater.

Earlier, Cirkopolis had been presented in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Nanjing. The show will be shown at the Poly Theatre in Beijing until Saturday.

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