Show Review: SHANGHAI NIGHTS by Shanghai Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China

This is a post written by Ryan Doan.

Everyone has been to the circus. So what’s so unique about SHANGHAI NIGHTS? It blends a story-telling experience with traditional costume design and feats of acrobatics. The show did a great job incorporating traditional acrobatic sets into the story-line. For displays of strengths and skill, two stand out to me. The strong-man who tossed large vases up in the air and would catch them on the back of his neck/upper back muscles was impressive. The second is the performer who climbed and posed with one arm on a tower of chairs 40 feet up.

My guests who attended with me were equally in awe and we left applauding. If you have children, they will love the show as many children were in attendance. The clown added a touch of humor that all can laugh to. After the show, the performers were available to take pictures with guests in the lobby so you be sure to stay after. Thank you, Segerstrom Center, for inviting us to the show and we hope to see them back in Orange County soon!



Post by Ryan Doan. Ryan is the Executive Director at International American University in Los Angeles providing quality, affordable business degree programs for international students around the world. Ryan is a fan of exotic animals, good food, and enjoys learning of new cultures.

SHANGHAI ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 2 pm and 7 pm at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA, (714) 556-2787, TICKETS started at $19.

About the Show:

The award-winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performed their new show “Shanghai Nights” in Orange County on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (There were two shows that day.)

“Shanghai Nights” tells the story of a dreaming boy who enters a world of fantasy where he finds a beautiful fairy phoenix and follows the mesmerizing and graceful creature on an adventure. With more than 100 top aerial acrobats, trampoline artists, jugglers and contortionists performing in “Shanghai Nights,” Orange County audiences will experience a thrilling show that beautifully blends high-flying adventure and China’s rich cultural heritage – including dazzling costumes and stirring music.

Founded in 1959, Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China 2016 belongs to the artistic entities of governmental finance allocation (state-owned enterprise). It has become one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China, and has won many awards at acrobatic and circus competitions around the world. Since the 1980s, the company has traveled to more than 30 countries, including the United States, Germany, Spain, Britain, Mexico, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Turkey, Canada, Indonesia, Fiji, Cameroon, Guinea and Nigeria. Through the frequent activities of the international tours and performances, the troupe has not only introduced Chinese acrobatic and circus art round the globe, but also promoted friendships with the peoples of various countries. This coast to coast North American tour by Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China 2016 is bringing Shanghai Nights to the United States for the first time.

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