On our last night in Beijing, my colleagues and I went to see a Chinese acrobatics show. There were two theaters that offered it, but the one that came recommended to us by our hotel (Hilton Beijing) was called “Reverie”. We were guaranteed a great performance that had a story and good music.
One of my colleagues had never seen anything like it, so he was extremely impressed, but the first thing that struck me was how similar it was to the Cirque du Soleil performance I saw in Chicago a couple years ago, which I believe was called “Dralion”, featuring Chinese acrobats. The choreography was extremely similar. The diferences I saw were in the costumes (less sexy) and the level of perfection (they made a few mistakes). I wouldn’t be surprised if acrobats in the Cirque du Soleil production came back to China and helped produce “Reverie”.
At any rate, I wonder if I was the only one amused by the fact that the Chinese took a polished version of an art form that originated in their own country. They essentially took back something that the Cirque took from them in a manner of speaking.