Chinese State Circus


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Gandey World Class Productions are pleased to announce the sensational return of the world renowned Chinese State Circus for a major UK theatre and big top tour in 2016/17.

The Chinese State Circus is more than just a show; throughout its time this production has aimed to embody a rich tapestry of Chinese art, history and culture which can be dated back over 2000 years. This cultural legacy is permeated through the exhibition of the artistes’ incomparable and distinct acrobatic skills, which have been honed and perfected by their lifelong dedication to their countries artistic heritage. The resulting circus is a visceral spectacular which takes audiences on an exhilarating journey through Chinese culture.

Chinese acrobatics is a common form of art among the people. It has a long history with a distinct national style, evolving from the Chinese people’s everyday life and work. Historical records, ancient carvings and decorative patterns on utensils show the origin of Chinese acrobatics more than two thousand years ago in the period of the Warring States. During the Quin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C – 220 A.D.) acrobatic artistes developed a wide repertoire, and acrobatics was thus called “the show of a hundred tricks”. It reached a high level as a performing art by the Han Dynasty.

The history of the Chinese State Circus itself spans 25 years and was first conceived in the mind of Creative Director Phillip Gandey after he witnessed a group of Oriental acrobats performing to great acclaim at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival. He was astounded at the quality, depth and sheer diversity of such Chinese Acrobatic Troupes. After working out the logistics of transporting 45 artistes, plus directors, interpreters and five tonnes of props half-way around the world – the rest, as they say, is history!

The announcement of this new tour comes 3 years after the last UK Chinese State Circus theatre tour ‘Ying Yang’ was met with critical acclaim and 5 years since the production has toured under canvas.

"This is quite simply a display of the most breath-taking acrobatic skills you’re ever likely to see. It’s a thrilling, colourful and highly entertaining spectacular guaranteed to appeal to all age groups" - The Public Reviews

"As family entertainment the show is said to have every member of the audience, regardless of age, holding their breath at the spectacular acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts" - Liverpool Echo

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Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £25 Adults (£23 Concessions) / £10 Child (Aged 2 -15) / £59 Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children)
Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

This event is promoted by The Apex

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Nov 10 - 19:30
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