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Mip TV Picks 2008: China Circus

China Circus is a series that looks at the training behind China's legendary circus acrobats. Beginning at seven years old, each of these children undergoes six years of intense moulding, rid their bodies and minds of all normal limitations, and turn into an incredible artist and athlete.
April 1, 2008


As you watch these young performers twist and turn, and lift themselves with little regard for the ravages of gravity, it becomes apparent that most of our limitations must be learned. For these children, the impossible is part of their daily routine.

China Circus is a series that looks at the training behind China’s legendary circus acrobats. Beginning at seven years old, each of these children undergoes six years of intense moulding, rid their bodies and minds of all normal limitations, and turn into an incredible artist and athlete. The two-part series follows its subjects from the start of training until graduation, and visits the prestigious Wuqiao School of Acrobatic Arts and its 200 students, as well as the Heilongjiang Acrobatic Troupe, which performs routines on ice. Although it has a simple, observational approach, this series will simply leave viewers stunned. Partners: National Geographic Channel, CICC (China), Natural History New Zealand (Dunedin) and Equator HD (US), distributed by Off the Fence (Amsterdam)
Aired: Equater HD, National Geographic International
Length: 2 x 50 minutes
Rights available: Free TV worldwide, excluding China, New Zealand and the US

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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