A SPECTACULAR two-hour extravaganza featuring jugglers, gymnasts, contortionists and gravity-defying acts is to arrive at the Futurist Theatre next month - and we have three sets of family tickets for you to win.
Cirque Du Ciel’s ShangHi, originally directed by Cirque Du Soleil’s Guy Caron, (the ground breaking director of “Dralion” and creator of “Ka”) combines acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements in an amazing adventure.
The show, featuring the world-renowned Beijing Acrobatic Troupe, has been devised by the team behind ERA, the must-see cirque show currently running in Shanghai, containing the finest acrobats in China and continuing the innovative traditions of Cirque de Soleil.
With superb costumes, sets and lighting, this production showcases the skills of not only the performers but the world class team behind the scenes, taking you beyond gravity.
In addition to traditional Chinese stunts such as the aerial silks and the famous Monkey Poles, Cirque Du Ciel’s ShangHi also features a fabulous storyline which will captivate and enthral audiences of all ages.
The show has been evocatively lit with decorative props and uses multi-media images to create a breath-taking spectacle; this is enhanced by a score of original music that highlights the magic and exceptional prowess of these acrobats. It features magic illusions and stunts including boy-foot juggling, dynamic hoop diving with amazing somersaults, leaps and jumps to complete the theatrical experience.
This family show will launch in the UK before embarking on a worldwide tour and will amaze audiences of all ages.
ShangHi is set in China’s most modern and vibrant city, it centres around a teenage girl (Yan Yang) who, amidst the traffic noise of a Shanghai night, starts to fantasise about her dreams of becoming a circus performer. A small train moves as if by magic across the stage which leads her into the realms of the Cirque.
Two mysterious spirit-like figures (representing the Sun and Moon) introduce her to a frenzy of acrobatic activity, which comes to life with the opening of a magical box. The magic of the spirits brings Yan Yang’s dream to life as she twirls and contorts her body as if she was made of air, and with all the grace of a ballerina.
Her dream is realised with a glorious tableau of 30 performers juggling and dangling from hoops, banging drums and with death-defying leaps from Chinese poles.
Cirque Du Ciel’s ShangHi is on the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough, on Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 August at 7.30pm.
Seats cost £22.50, £20 and £17 or £12 for a child. A family ticket admitting two adults and two children costs £60. Call (01723) 365789 / 374500.
* See Friday 4 August Whitby Gazette to see how you can win tickets to the show