Chinese acrobats are known the world over for their strength and agility and Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe has a reputation for being among the best in the city. The performance, held at the Shanghai Center Theater, included nine awe-inspiring acts broken up by a few comedic routines. It was amazing to see the level of control these powerful athletes have over their bodies. My back ached just watching them contort themselves into impossible positions.
There were also a few impressive acts that used props, such as hoops, chairs and a tightrope. Each performance was more dazzling than the last, many eliciting gasps from the crowd as new acts of daring were successfully attempted.
One high-flying act featured a couple swinging through the air while dangling precariously from scarves. Their graceful movements made it seem effortless, though I can only imagine the years of training that the acrobats have undertaken. In the most mind-boggling act of the night, a lady slowly climbed up a wobbly ladder while balancing multiple trays of wine on her nose. As if that weren’t impressive enough, she simultaneously played the clarinet while never spilling a drop. My jaw was on the floor!