Cirque Chinois at the Quick Center
The circus is coming to town, but not the one you might be thinking of. There are no elephants or leaping leopards in this one. On Friday, November 2nd at 8:00 p.m., The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will perform their “Cirque Chinois” at the Regina A. Quick Center on the Fairfield University campus.
One of the longest-running circus troupes in China, the company of acrobats has won international acclaim with more than 20 gold and silver medals to their credit. Originally founded in 1953, the group has been juggling straw hats, precariously teetering on teeterboards, and flying high on the highest trapezes. Add a few contortionists and a balancing bowl act, and you’ve got yourself a show!
The circus has a great tradition in China dating back thousands of years. With over 200 individual Chinese troupes traveling the globe today, the circus continues to delight audiences everywhere.
While it may look like fun and games, it takes rigorous practice to perfect. In China, it is considered a respected profession and training begins as young as four years old. Often, whole families were involved in the circus so that techniques were passed down from generation to generation.
So, why not take the whole family to see Cirque Chinois?
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road. Tickets range from $25 to $45and are available by calling the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.