Clowning around in town
Jugglers, acrobats, dancers, contortionists and clowns have been entertaining the crowds under the big top on the Railway Land.
Zirka Circus will light up the Pitt St site until Sunday.
Performer Victor Li said the show often received ‘‘oohs and ahhs’’ from the audience, as its 18 performers completed amazing feats of balance, and pulled off gravity-defying acts.
A circus performer for about 10 years, Li said he was a playful child, so his father sent him for training at a circus school in China.
There, he learned all the tricks of the circus trade, including juggling and clowning.
In the Zirka Cirus Send in the Clowns show, Li performs a twoclown act, that involves a lot of miming and falling over. Although there were many talented performers and acts, he said clowning was his favourite.
He hoped the audience would enjoy the acts, but reminded children not to try them at home.
One eye catching act is by Li Zhilong. The 17-year-old completes handstands and does the splits while balancing on six stacked chairs.
Zhilong said he was not nervous while balancing on his hands, despite being metres up in the air.
He had loved performing in front of a crowd since he was 12 years old, when he went to circus school.
Zirka Circus performer Li Zhilong rehearses his balancing chair act.