- Title: Cirque Du Soleil show goes on in China despite pandemic
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (RECENT - JULY 8, 2020) (REUTERS) ARTISTS IN TRAINING ROOM VARIOUS OF ARTIST DOING HAND BALANCING TRAINING VARIOUS OF ARTIST STRETCHING VARIOUS OF ARTIST TRAINING VARIOUS OF AUDIENCE SEATS SEALED OFF AS SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURE SEATS / STAGE EXTERIOR OF VENUE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL POSTER
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 02:02
- Keywords: COVID-19 China Chinese acrobats Cirque du Soleil Hangzhou acrobatics circus coronavirus
- Location: HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA
- City: HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA006CN24LLL
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Artists, performing in China in the first Cirque du Soleil show to resume in the world since the coronavirus shut down productions, say they are excited to be back on stage.
"When we stepped on the stage again, we felt almost the same as when we made our debut last August. We were so excited. We made it after such a long time," said artist He Guowei, who specialises in human juggling, also known as Icarian performances.
The show, "X The Land of Fantasy", re-opened in the eastern city of Hangzhou on June 3. It is one of two shows in operation, with another show re-opening in Mexico in early July.
The re-openings come as Cirque has struggled with a bankruptcy filing, the cancellation of shows due to the pandemic and the temporary laying off of 95 percent of its workforce.
He said he was initially hired in the summer of 2019 by Cirque's local partner, Suntiandy, but was forced to train at home between January and May of this year when the show shut down.
The Hangzhou show had to modify some of its acts and bring in more local performers because some of the international performers could not return to China due to the travel ban.
American Caroline Huang managed to get back in time.
"So excited to finally debut the show again," she said.
The show is staging six performances a week, although there is a 50 percent cap on capacity in the audience, a move that He says has not put a damper on excitement.
"The reaction of the audience is more enthusiastic than before," he said.
Cirque has said its resident productions in Las Vegas and Orlando might re-open in the fall, but it does not expect to resume normal operations until 2023.
(Production: Xihao Jiang, Martin Pollard)
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