A lot of you have been asking me about the incredible acrobatic feats performed by this company, and when they might be returning to London. The news is just in – they’ll be here this summer.
Victor Hochhauser presents the
GUANGDONG ACROBATIC TROUPE OF CHINA
Tuesday 9 August to Sunday 27 August
Public booking now open
RETURN TO THE UK OF THE CHINESE ACROBATIC SWAN LAKE
The Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China returns to the UK with its spectacular production of Swan Lake, which took audiences by storm on its first visit in 2008.
The impresario Victor Hochhauser will bring the company to the Coliseum in London for a one week season, before performances at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Birmingham Hippodrome.
In the Chinese acrobatic Swan Lake, a European prince falls in love with a Chinese swan. The performance includes scenes in which the White Swan dances en pointe on top of the Prince’s head and shoulders, and another in which the famous dance of the four little swans is transformed into a performance of four little frogs, played by men – who do the entire dance on their arms.
The incredible pas de deux between Wei Baohua’s Prince and Wu Zhengdan’s White Swan has made the couple – husband and wife in real life – into international stars. The production proved a hit at its première in Beijing in 2006 and has since thrilled audiences worldwide, from Moscow to New York.
Pole balancing, jumping through fire hoops, rope walking, ball walking and jujitsu are all seamlessly woven into the story, and there is a constant blurring of performance styles, including not only ballet and acrobatics, but also elements of Peking Opera.
Directed by the Guangdong Acrobatic Company’s director Ning Genfu and choreographed by former Hong Kong Ballet principal dancer Zhao Ming, the production grew out of a desire to combine traditional Chinese performing art and classical ballet. It was created as a co-production with Shanghai City Dance Company.
Here is a short trailer of Swan Lake :
9-14 August The Coliseum, London
Tickets 0861 911 0200
18-20 August Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tickets 029 2063 6464
23-27 August Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets 0844 338 5000