Beijing acrobatics is called a national art. It is one of the art forms popular among the Chinese people. Whether you are old or young, educated or illiterate, you can appreciate it as long as you can see. There is no language barrier and cultural border.
The history of acrobatics in China can be traced back to Neolithic times. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of the labor and self-defense skills that the people practiced and demonstrated during their leisure time. In the long course of development, the Chinese acrobatic art has formed its own style.
At the time of the Han Dynasty (224 BC-222 AD), the acrobatics further became both in contents and varieties,and the number of acrobats greatly increased and their performing skills much improved. Progress in Chinese acrobatics was very great during the Tang Dynasty, between the 7th and 10th centuries, when performances were often held at the imperial court. And Acrobatics became famous worldwide through performances presented to the Silk Road.
Chinese Acrobatic art has its own features. The performance is very depictive,so the requirement for lighting is much stricter than opera. A successful acrobatic show also requires beautiful clothing. Costumes further enhance the beauty of the performance and increase the visual effects.
This kind of art is still what it was centuries ago in that it does not over emphasize the role of music. Performers pay more attention to the action, and he music perfectly coincided with the performance,the high level acrobatic program needs excellent technique coaches and much prepration time before it is ready . When you watch a Chinese acrobatics show, you are strongly impacted both mentally and physically. It is truly and unforgettable experience.
At present, Chinese Acrobatics have developed into a kind of performance art. There are over 124 acrobatic teams above the county level,and chinese acrobatics has won praise from audiences both at home and abroad, and Chinese acrobats won many gold medals in World Acrobatic Festivals in recent years.
In Beijing area, there is a famous theatre where you could watch acrobatics and other programs of entertainment. Top acrobatic artists invited from all over the country and the program shows trick cycling, leaping through hoops and Chinese magic tricks. Some of the artists have won prizes in international competitions. Spinning plates, juggling umbrellas, contortionists and acrobats fill the air.