The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The Chinese Martial Arts and Acrobats of Tianjin

By Virginia Ross - For The Quill

Civic Music, Burlington, IA

An unusually large crowd including lots of children (even little ones) showed up to see this presentation by the People's Republic of China.

Seriously, next time this group or a similar one is scheduled, bring the kids-they will definitely be amazed.

How can I begin to describe the show?

It was visually beautiful and really was a Chinese ballet at time featuring shiny costumes, juggling, ribbon wafting in the air, stick clicking, swords flashing, shields protecting with energy projected in each segment.

A modern version of Chinese music laid a background for everything from marital arts moves to serious ballet with toe shoes.

The audience was gasping at the athleticism of the performers-leaps, rolls and twirls agilely displayed in every set. Chinese history, comedy and romance was interwoven by costuming and music.

Such a program is hard to describe, but trust me, you will be entertained royally by such a group.

A contrast to this program will be the Moscow Festival Ballet presenting Swan Lake, classical ballet.

Mark your calendars-January 5, 2018, 7:30 pm, and plan to attend.