Martial Artists and Acrobats
of Tianjin, People's Republic of China
Date: December 7 & 8 at 7:30pm
Location: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin of the People’s Republic of China (Tianjin Acrobatic Troupe) was established in 1957 as a combination of the former China Circus & Acrobats that was founded in 1948. It is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers. With novelty and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by the audiences all over the world.
The Troupe has more than 30 representative acts, many of which have won prizes in national and international festivals and competitions. Leather Straps won the Silver Clown Award and Circus Art Development Association Award at the 13th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival. Double Poles won the Silver Award at the 12th Cirque de Demain Festival held in Paris, France and the Silver Lion Award at the 4th China National Acrobatic Competition. Air Acrobatics won the Golden Prize of the 10th Spring of April Friendship Art Festival in North Korea. One-Hand Handstand seized the Golden Lion Award of the 4th China National Acrobatic Competition, the Golden Award - the first prize of the Republic President at the 19th Festival of Cirque de Demain in Paris, the Honorary Gold Lion Award, and the Artistic Innovation Award at the 5th Wuqiao International Circus Festival. Contortion with Cups by Three Girls won the Golden Lion Award at the 4th China National Acrobatic Competition and the Silver Prize with Belgium Royal Circus Special Award at the 8th Belgium Road of Prospect International Young Acrobats Festival. At the First China National Comic Acrobatic Competition, the Comic Swan Lake and Comic Music received the Gold and Silver Award respectively. The Jars’ Head Juggling won the Silver awards at the 5th Hungarian Budapest International Circus Festival (2005) and Russian International Circus Festival (2013). In 2015, the Icarian Tumbling and Jumping by 18 acrobats won the Silver Clown at the 39th Monte Carlo Circus Festival in Monaco and the First Golden Award at the 2nd China International Circus Festival in Zhuhai, China.
The company has toured extensively to France, Japan, Australia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Italy, Israel, South Korea, DPRK, Belgium, Russia and Hong Kong, and the United States of America where it has been highly praised and warmly welcomed. With World circuses, the company had acts perform in Ringling and Barnum & Bailey Bros. Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, Swiss Knie Bros., National Circus and UniverSoul Circus. From 2010 through 2015, the company frequently traveled to France for four months each tour.
In 2017, the company will begin a new tour to North America under the management of CAMI and present to audiences an exciting combination of highlights of performing acts throughout recent years.