Cap­ti­vat­ing ac­ro­bat­ics

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Chi­nese acro­bats en­thralled an Alexan­dra crowd last week with a colour­ful, cheeky, com­pli­cated ar­ray of mes­meris­ing and mag­i­cal en­ter­tain­ment. Zirka Cir­cus spokes­woman Jan Burnell said the acro­bats, aged be­tween 13 and 21, came from all over China and had stud­ied at a re­spected cir­cus school in Bei­jing. The Zirka Cir­cus had been tour­ing New Zealand for four years, en­ter­tain­ing crowds with their some­times nail-bit­ing acts. ‘‘They have their own ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem on tour and their own cook who cooks tra­di­tional Chi­nese food for them. ‘‘They do one or two tours with the cir­cus, then go back to China to learn some new things.’’ The cir­cus has vis­ited Queen­stown and is next trav­el­ling to South­land.

Pho­tos:JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

As­ton­ish­ing: Chi­nese acro­bats from Zirka Cir­cus en­ter­tain ames­merised

Alexan­dra crowd.

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