Chinese Acrobatics

Chinese Acrobatics is a traditional performance of art with a long history. In broad sense, acrobatics is a general designation of various exceeding skills. It used to be called Zaji or Zajiyue. During the period of the comprehensive development of primeval art, acrobatics was closely related with music and dancing, and became the leading artistic form of the then culture. In Han Dynasty (206 BC—220 BC) and Tang Dynasty (618 BC—907 BC), it was very popular and prosperous together dancing and music. The art of acrobatics in late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty was introduced abroad and widely favored by Europeans and Americans.

 

Chinese Acrobatics has by now developed such artistic features as follows.

It emphasizes training on waist and legs. Performers of acrobatics must have a solid foundation of physical quality. There is a popular saying which goes like "Acrobatics is the combination of Chinese Opera characterized by singing and acting, and that by acrobatic fighting; the skill of balancing can compete with the flip performance in Peking Opera".

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