Chinese acrobats perform acts of skill, agility

Beauty in Motion, a Chinese acrobatic act, treated hundreds of students and community members to incredible stunts and demonstrations of skill on Nov. 6 as the second program in the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, “Beauty Matters.”

One of the acrobats performs a dangerous balancing act.
One of the acrobats performs a dangerous balancing act.

The Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room was packed to the brim with over 350 audience members at 7 p.m. as they watched the hour-long show filled with various tricks.

Beauty in Motion, an act dedicated to showing the majesty of the human form, was instrumental in getting the “Beauty Matters” message across.

The small group of athletes spun bowls and tables on their feet, jumped effortlessly through hoops and managed to keep several hula hoops twirling around themselves.

Contortionism and dance were implemented into their show as well when they transitioned to more dangerous acts, such as making a tower of handstands. The acrobats made use of their bodies’ physical skills and agility to form unique shapes, both individually and as a team.

Another act, one that focused more on a prop than the acrobats, was the Chinese yo-yo, which differs from the American version. The Chinese version is made of two large discs connected by an axel that is swung in any direction through the use of two handles connected by a long string. The athlete can then throw the yo-yo up in the air, swing it around him or herself and do a variety of other tricks.

None of the traveling athletes spoke English except for the host, who shared bits of information regarding Chinese culture and custom throughout the show. The host of the troupe bid the audience farewell at the show’s close, hoping to “meet again, maybe next time in China.”

One acrobat balances and spins a table on her foot.
One acrobat balances and spins a table on her foot.

“[The acrobats] were awesome. There was a lot of ‘Oh my gosh’ from my kids,” said Brian Hoover, University Activities Board adviser.

UAB was responsible for bringing the acrobats to Clarion. They have connections through Kramer Entertainment Inc., which schedules live acts like Beauty in Motion.

Director Shawn Hoke and the Center for Leadership and Advisement were also involved in making the event a success.

The third installment of “Beauty Matters” is set for next semester. Stacy Nadeau, former model for Dove’s 2005 “Real Women” campaign is scheduled to speak about embracing real beauty.


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