It entails five interlocking hoops, stacked more than 6 feet high, through which the acrobats dive.
Wilson also added an aerial silk act, which is something these acrobats have not done outside of China.
3 -- color) The Shanghai Circus performers catch and pass one of their acrobats after a leap through the stacked hoops.
As the band of acrobats arrive in the village they beat drums, pipe on flutes and send the young boys ahead to spin somersaults and cartwheels in the narrow alleys.
The women, believing that the blessed acrobats can ease their personal plights, bring out donations; sometimes small coins, but more often produce from their stores such as candles, cones of sugar, eggs, a young rabbit, and above all, measures of corn.
Despite the Dickensian way of life, an apprenticeship as an acrobat gives the boys a skill that earns a good living within Morocco, and offers a chance to earn real wealth for those few acrobats who manage to get lucrative work with foreign circuses.
The dream was to try to take a troupe of 35 Chinese acrobats - I don't say acrobat-actors, because the (Chinese), they are just acrobats, OK, in the way they present their thing - and try to integrate it to the world of the Cirque du Soleil and the imaginative world of the Cirque du Soleil.
The child acrobats encounter the Dralion and begin to play with it, just as children would play with a pet or a new toy, Caron says.
And this is why we are coming back more to the basic(s) of the circus, because the Chinese are more acrobat than they are actor or stage performer.
These young acrobats are on their first tour outside of China.
Fellow acrobat Wan Yabo, who's only 11, is nearly as limber.