HERE & NOW World-class Chinese circus fairytale

High-flying acrobats, hundreds of whirling china plates, human pyramids and elastic young girls.

By Oliver Newton - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 25 August 2005

The high-flying rendition of Andersen's 'The Nightingale' performed by the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe was hugely popular at the opening show of the Andersen bicentenary. The show, entitled 'Once Upon A Time', was held on 2 April in Copenhagen.

The troupe can now be experienced in Denmark with the 
European premiere of their performance 'A Beautiful Legend', which has been created in celebration of the Andersen bicentenary. The show features some of Andersen's most famous fairytales performed as classical Chinese circus.

The gala premiere of the show marks the beginning of the Aarhus Festival, which as always will be opened by the patron of the festival, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. Two performances are scheduled for 27 August following which the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe will appear at Ringsted Congress Centre before finishing their tour of Denmark with five performances at MusikTeatret Albertslund.

Andersen acrobatics
The Shenyang acrobats offer their own amazing and wondrous acrobatic rendition of a number of Andersen's famous and less famous fairytales. The talents of the world-famous acrobats and the enchanted world of Hans Christian Andersen combine to present a thrilling, innovative and magical family show. The Chinese acrobats balance in mid-air, fly and dance as they offer their own special interpretation of popular fairytales such as The Little Mermaid, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl, The Nightingale and The Emperor's New Clothes. Sit back and enjoy the show, which is directed by An Nings and features 30 acrobats in a spectacular performance that challenges the senses as well as the laws of gravity with magnificent and  breathtaking choreography.

Performances are sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation. The performances in Aarhus are furthermore sponsored by Vilhelm Kiers Foundation and the S.C. Van Foundation. The performances in Ringsted are sponsored by the County of West Zealand. The performances in Albertslund are sponsored by MusikTeatret Albertslund and the County of Copenhagen.

Profile of the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe
The Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe was founded in 1951 and is one of the most celebrated and respected acrobatic troupes in China. The troupe has toured more than 80 countries. They have received great critical acclaim and numerous awards for their performances, which are exuberant in style.

The troupe features a cast of more than 160 acrobats as well as directors/instructors and choreographers. The troupe has with great success collaborated with Disney on a show based on Andersen's tale "The Mulatto".

Facts on the performances
Aarhus Festival
The Beautiful Legend
Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe, China
26 August 7:30. The opening show in an abbreviated version featured at the Main Stage.
27 August 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Main Stage
Duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission
Tickets: DKK  258, 228, and 198
Reductions offered to subscribers, students and the young.

Ringsted Congres Center
The Beautiful Legend
Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe, China
29 August 8 pm.
Tickets available at or +45 7015 6565

Musikteatret Albertslund
The Beautiful Legend
Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe, China
31 August, 1 September, 2 & 3 September, all days at 8 pm
Tickets available at and Tel: +45 3315 1564 on weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm, or Tel. +45 4364 0244
NB! Few tickets left for 31 August.