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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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