Thursday, June 5, 2008

China Day 06: In Which We See A Spectacle

Warning: picture-heavy post! As always, click for bigger.

Only one more stop today before we get to pass out in our hotel room beds. However, this is well worth delaying our collapse! We made it back onto the bus - without anyone getting pickpocketed or any other bad thing - and were decanted at the door of the Lyceum Theater in downtown Shanghai for a show by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Our seats were right in the middle of the balcony, and it's a good thing I didn't need the Happy Room 'cause there was no way to get out once you were in your seat, but we had a fabulous view. The theater itself seemeed ordinary, and the set decoration was nothing much - various backdrops is all - but the show was extremely enjoyable. We saw

Human pyramids:
Girl spinning:
A tiny balancing contortionist (it seemed like she stayed balanced on her one arm for 45 minutes or so, and then she switched arms and stayed there another half hour!):
A juggler/plate spinner, half a dozen girls twirling hourglass-shaped dumbbells around with ropes, spinning them like yo-yos and tossing them, another contortionist balancing chandeliers or something on her feet (and hands, and head):
More human stacking, using a seesaw to launch the top layers:
A parasol twirler:
A ring-diving gymnastic act, a magic act:
A knife-throwing joke act
And a dude dancing with urns on his head:
I wonder if he's worn a groove in there? They finished up with another seesaw-slingshot stacking act with an even taller human pyramid:
The little gal in motion there ended up so high she was out of photo range!

We had a truly great time and pounded our hands raw applauding. I think I even did that trill thing you do with your tongue. Dad was agog. I was amazed. It was like Cirque du Soleil with less pyrotechnichs!

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