18 Aug 2017
Have you been following Gina Morales's Butlins blogs on our Gandey's Circus blog?
Gina - one half of the amazing Las Chicas Morales - has been keeping us updated on her time at Butlins Skegness, and giving us all an insight into the life of a circus performer.
It's a fascinating read! Here's what she's been up to so far!
Well we have officially been at Butlins Skegness for a week... and what a week its been!
Naturally after a holiday and some time off from work arriving at Butlins and jumping straight back into rehearsals, training, performing and putting on the extravagant show makeup was.. well.. what can I say… we were all slightly out of practice!
So, having settling into our lovely accommodation in Skegness, day one of meet and greet/jump into rehearsals followed suit. These are always exciting, we were introduced by Philip Gandey (our Creative Director) to all the team – both those on and off stage and then we started getting the show together with our fabulous choreographer Daniel Todd...
Well it’s been manic…
Now that everyone is into the swing of things we have all realised there is quite a bit of free time. Naturally in this free time we like to lay in, have tea and biscuits or venture into town for a coffee and browse around the shops…
But we also use it to practice.
This varies for everyone. Some of us go for a morning jog, others do weights or follow a cardio DVD, but you can guarantee that post-show most of the artists are in the circus ring working on new tricks to improve the act, perfecting anything that has been going slightly wrong or learning a whole new skill… by the end of the week we all deserve that cheat day!...
20 Jul 2017
We love Aberdeen! It's a fantastic city and has to be one of our favourite places to visit.
And it just so happens that we have not one, but TWO shows in Aberdeen at the moment!
The Lady Boys of Bangkok are performing at Beach Links in the unmistakably-pink Sabai Pavilion until Saturday 29th July... and just down the road at Queens Links you'll find The Chinese State Circus - who will be playing in the Big Top until Sunday 30th July!
In fact, the two tents are so close to each other that you can see them both in the bottom-right corner of this Aberdeen evening landscape scene.
Here are 5 facts you may not have known about Aberdeen:
1) There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world (although the one in Scotland is surely the best)!
2) Aberdeen houses Britain's oldest business - the Aberdeen Harbour Board.
3) Aberdeenshire's Craigievar Castle partially inspired Disney's iconic Cinderella Castle, and you can see why!
|© National Trust for Scotland|
4) More medieval coin hoards have been found in Aberdeen than anywhere else in Britain.
5) In 1882 Aberdonian Astronomer Sir David Gill took the first successful photograph of a comet. The Moon's Gill Crater is also named after him.
What is your favourite thing about Aberdeen? let us know in the comments!
14 Jul 2017
|200 BC – 200 AD – Han Dynasty, Sichuan Province – Juggler with balls and knives – Carving, stone of the “Hundred Games.” [source: Chinese Acrobatics Through The Ages, p15]|
The origins of the Chinese circus are not entirely crystal clear. There are debates and differing opinions when it comes to the exact history behind the circus, which is not a surprise when you take into account how long it has been around!
First records of the Chinese circus - including carvings and mural paintings - date back more than 2,000 years to the Warring States period (475–221 BC), with evidence of performances developing further during the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC - 230 AD). Although it is believed that the art may have actually started around 3,000 years ago!
One theory is that the acts originated in imperial courts, with performers entertaining the houses in a manner similar to western court jesters. However, it is more likely that the circus was a folk art that was later adopted by the imperial houses. The acts evolved from a simple exhibition of skills into a performing art, with a varied repertoire of skills including tumbling, balancing, plate spinning, pole balancing and rope dancing. The circus came to be known as The Show of One Hundred Tricks.
|Chinese street performers seen by Johan Nieuhof in 1655-57|
The circus became a family tradition, much like in European circuses, with skills being passed from generation to generation. Successful circus families became famous, with their names being known far and wide.
The circus declined in China in the mid-20th century as a result of the second world war, but in 1949 the art received a boost from The People's Republic of China to preserve the art form and fund the training of new performers.
There are over 200 circus and acrobatic troupes within China today and most of them have toured around the world.
The Chinese State Circus is currently touring the UK with it's new production - 'Dynasty'.
8 Jul 2017
The Lady Boys earlier this year enjoying some candyfloss at the Brighton Pier.