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Archive for Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chinese acrobats show off skills

Crowd wowed by stunts

Larissa Laird, of Lawrence, prepares to attempt juggling hats with a member of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats on Wednesday at South Park.

Larissa Laird, of Lawrence, prepares to attempt juggling hats with a member of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats on Wednesday at South Park.

June 12, 2008

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Chinese acrobats perform in South Park

A performance from the other side of the world takes center stage tonight in South Park. Chinese acrobats are kicking up their heels to provide a tumble into summer. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the strong and very skilled group. Enlarge video

Fabulous Chinese Acrobats

Members of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats perform in South Park Wednesday, June, 11, 2008 Enlarge video

Wu Li Li, a member of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats, spins a table with her feet during a local performance. The Chinese troupe performed two shows Wednesday in South Park.

Wu Li Li, a member of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats, spins a table with her feet during a local performance. The Chinese troupe performed two shows Wednesday in South Park.

They flip. They juggle. They balance.

They're acrobats from the other side of the globe, and they made an appearance Wednesday in South Park.

Three Chinese acrobats travel around the country performing feats of strength, stamina and stability, and when Lawrence Parks and Recreation staff found out the gymnasts would be close by, they knew it was worth inviting them to town.

"This is a great thing to kick off summer and it's probably something people haven't seen before," said Roger Steinbrock, marketing supervisor for Parks and Rec.

A crowd gathered on the west side of South Park, and a few audience members got an opportunity to try some of the stunts that appeared effortless for the acrobats.

Gabe Ballard-Hanson, a Free State High School junior, tried to juggle blocks but wasn't too successful.

"It was a lot harder than I expected," he said. "It's pretty impressive. I've been to the circus, but I've never seen Chinese acrobats before."

Eudora resident Alyssa Balisdell, 11, knows a thing or two about gymnastics, and she was equally amazed.

"I can do some of their tricks, so I thought it was pretty awesome," the young gymnast said. "The two guys are really strong."

Steinbrock said the group could perform again in town, if they're in the area at the right time.

"We try to bring things to the community that (are) new and innovative and different," he said. "We want people to have fun this summer."

Comments

May Soo 6 years, 6 months ago

I went to the 1pm one and it was entertaining to watch in person than on TV.----Weezy_Jefferson,It was advertised on "TODAY'S EVENTS" session on JWorld.

Weezy_Jefferson 6 years, 6 months ago

I read the newspaper and watch 6News every day, but I swear I never read or heard anything that advertised this was going to happen. Was it advertised?

jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

Barely. I saw a few things up on campus, but I'm in the East Asian Lang and Cultures dept, so I probably have a closer ear than most. Hope they come back sometime, I saw a performance in Beijing and the stuff they can do is insane.

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