The Chinese State Circus

Venue: Hexagon Theatre (Directions)

Mon 28 Nov, 19:30
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Gandey World Class Productions are pleased to announce the sensational return of the world renowned Chinese State Circus for a major UK theatre and big top tour in 2016/17.
 
We consider the Chinese State Circus to be more than a show, throughout its time this production has aimed to embody a rich tapestry of Chinese art, history and culture which can be dated back over 2000 years. This cultural legacy is permeated through the exhibition of our artistes’ incomparable and distinct acrobatic skills, which have been honed and perfected by their lifelong dedication to their countries artistic heritage. The resulting circus is a visceral spectacular which takes audiences on an exhilarating journey through Chinese culture.
 
Chinese acrobatics is a common form of art among the people. It has a long history with a distinct national style, evolving from the Chinese people’s everyday life and work. Historical records, ancient carvings and decorative patterns on utensils show the origin of Chinese acrobatics more than two thousand years ago in the period of the Warring States. During the Quin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C – 220 A.D.) acrobatic artistes developed a wide repertoire, and acrobatics was thus called “the show of a hundred tricks.” It reached a high level as a performing art by the Han Dynasty.
 
The history of the Chinese State Circus itself spans 25 years and was first conceived in the mind of Creative Director Phillip Gandey after he witnessed a group of Oriental acrobats performing to great acclaim at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival. He was astounded at the quality, depth and sheer diversity of such Chinese Acrobatic Troupes. After working out the logistics of transporting 45 artistes, plus directors, interpreters and five tonnes of props half-way around the world – the rest, as they say, is history!

Chines State Circus, Royal Concert Hall Review

Ticket information

Tickets £27, Concessions £2 off
U16's £12, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £67
Groups 1 in 10 free 

 

Venue info

Hexagon Theatre

Queens Walk
Reading
RG1 7UA

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Contact: 0118 960 6060

Box Office opening times:
Mon-Fri: 10.00-17.00 or until show time
Sat-Sun: Closed or 1 hour before show time