The organising committee of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, which will take place again in January, have announced that a number of Chinese acts will figure prominently in the programme, representing the fact that China has a long history of circus performances.
Huang Yang, a slack wire walker, is a young prodigy who manages particularly difficult tricks in a discipline that is rather hard to master: she walks on her hands, swings, does a handstand on the rungs of a ladder balancing on the wire, which she manages to travel along, upside down, balancing on a unicycle. This is traditionally a man’s discipline and a woman has never achieved such feats before.
The Acrobatic Troupe of Shanghai, one of the largest circus organisations in China, will come to the Fontvieille big top with two big surprises: A Russian bar act, during which one of the acrobats manages three consecutive triple somersaults, as well as a series of double and triple pirouettes, and an acrobatic ballet of human pyramids with artistes at the top of them, balancing on one arm horizontally and doing the splits.
A total of 30 acts will be presented at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, which runs from January 18 to 28 under the presidency Princess Stephanie, along with plenty of surprises to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the modern circus.