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Chinese Acrobatics

Chinese acrobatics is one of the traditional performing arts acrobatics with a long history. It approximately emerged in Neolithic Period. After the Qin Kingdom united China, Chinese ancient wrestling absorbed its merits of every kingdom, and then developed an entertaining acrobatic show - wrestling drama. Up to Han Dynasty, wrestling drama had fuller content, more abundant species and higher skills. To the Eastern Han Dynasty, there formed a kind of acrobatic arts which centered on acrobatics that brings together a variety of performing arts in one of the new breed - "Hundred play" system.

In Northern and Southern Dynasties, as frequent exchanges between ethnic groups in the arts, acrobatics in this period presents eclectic, colorful features. It not only had rich folk foundation, but also had colorful performances in the palace. In Tang Dynasty, some programs have been surprising development. There has been an unprecedented prowess. The "load pole" had the high art, equestrian program also had a great development and animal taming has reached a very high level.

Since the Song Dynasty, the acrobatic art began going from the palace to the public, creating numerous new programs. In addition, there is a professional acrobatic classes in Song Dynasty. After the Song Dynasty, the social status of acrobatics in decline. After the Yuan Dynasty, acrobatics reduced to an art of mountebank and tricks. In Qing Dynasty, artists were more family-based and tour to perform so as to make a living. To recent years, acrobatics were relegated as humble professional.

After liberation, the acrobatic art turn over a new leaf. Acrobatic art evolved from simple tips to have band performances, dance, lighting, etc. with a comprehensive performing arts. Under the leadership of the party and the government, the contemporary Chinese acrobatics has become popular all over the world and a wonderful work of art loved by numerous people.

Art Features
Artistic characteristics of Chinese acrobatics are roughly as follows:
The first is a special emphasis on the waist and the top of the power training. Chinese acrobats, even the actors performing ancient color tricks also have to have a solid foundation of material arts.
The second is striving for stability in the risk, showing the cool, clever, precise skills and tempered hard effort.
The third is pursuing for oddity in the plain performance. Through the magical performance, the acrobats show the creative power of human beings.
The fourth feature is paying equal attention to the stress, soft and hard material arts supplement each other.
The fifth is the combination of divine power and nimble and dexterous tumble skills. For example, in the program named “weighty barbell”, an actor use his hands and feet at the same time to raise up four stone barbell and eight actors which is more than one thousand catties, showing an amazing power.
The sixth is to use many living tools and instruments of labor which has a rich flavor of life, showing the close relationship between the Chinese acrobatics and working life.
The seventh is the combination of quaint arts and crafts and physical skills. For example, the programs “juggling with jars” and “plate spinning” blend the Chinese painted porcelain arts and acrobatics together.
The eighth feature of Chinese acrobatics is that its content is flexible. Both its performances styles and performance venues show a variety of features.
The ninth is that Chinese acrobatics has a serious tradition of the succession of teachings from a master to his disciples. And it is also closely linked to other kinds of arts. Each Chinese acrobatic skills are handed down, but it absorbs a lot of nutrients from the opera, dance, and martial arts.
These features constitute a unique artistic charm of Chinese acrobatics. As a result, it is a unique treasure of Chinese culture.

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