Acrobatics is the pearl in the treasure house of the traditional Chinese
performing arts. Chinese acrobatics have a long and rich heritage. The acrobatic
arts have been existent in China for more than two thousand years! Chinese
acrobatics first emerged during the Han dynasty, more than two thousand years
ago. China has an annual competition called the China WuQiao International
Circus Festival held once every two years for the acrobatic academies. Families
of acrobats have continued the tradition of performance for generations. These
artists, 16 and older, have been training most of their lives. Today these
performers follow the unbroken tradition of Chinese acrobatics while
incorporating new incredible feats into their repertoires.
The art of Chinese acrobatics combines both physically and spiritually.
Coupled with an acrobat's immense athletic strength and impeccable balance and
timing is the Asian philosophy of inner strength , which focuses the body and
mind to work in perfect harmony. Each individual acrobat's physical and
philosophical strength combines with that of the fellow members of his or her
troupe in magnificent displays of balancing, juggling, dance, comedy and magic.