Circus performers take their acts out on to the seafront

Futurist shoe'Members of Cirque du Ciel ShangHi put on a demonstration of there skills outside the Futurist wher they are performing later this month.'Picture by Neil Silk  123343a'18/08/12

Futurist shoe'Members of Cirque du Ciel ShangHi put on a demonstration of there skills outside the Futurist wher they are performing later this month.'Picture by Neil Silk 123343a'18/08/12

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Performers from Cirque du Ciel brough the seafront to a standstill when they took their act on to the streets.

Members of the company, which is performing at the Futurist Theatre on August 28 and 29, drew a crowd with the acrobatics and other circus skills.

Diablo demonstrations and dance and tumbling routines drew cheers and claps from the audience beguing given a sneak preview of what is on offer in the full-length show.

ShangHi is set in China’s most modern and vibrant city and centres around a teenage girl (Yan Yang) who, amid the traffic noise of a Shanghai night, starts to fantasizse about her dreams of becoming a circus performer. Two mysterious spirit-like figures introduce her to a frenzy of acrobatic activity, which comes to life with the opening of a magical box.

With more than 30 performers, this two-hour extravaganza combines acrobatics, modern dance, martial arts, original music and many other traditional and contemporary Chinese elements.

Routines include Mexican hat juggling, the terrifying yet beautiful aerial displays, and the famous, death-defying Chinese Monkey Poles.