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.
30 Jun 2017
The hilarious, Chico Rico!
Las Chicas Morales!
The Serik Brothers!
Gandey's Circus at Skegness will open on the 15th July.
Details for other resorts will be released in the next coming weeks! You can always keep up to date by following us on Facebook or via out website www.gandeyscircus.com
23 Jun 2017
The following review was originally published on the Plutonium Sox Family Blog and has been posted here with the kind permission of the author.
There aren’t many evenings out that are fun for the whole family. Entertainment after a certain time tends to be aimed at adults and whilst children are often welcome, it’s not necessarily much fun for them. One clear exception is the circus. And as circuses go, the Chinese State Circus is by some distance the best I’ve ever seen.
About the Chinese State Circus
The Chinese State Circus is world famous for skilful performances that wow the audience. The team comprises 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists and Shaolin Warriors. Each act is a few minutes long before moving on to a different act. There isn’t a moment when the audience isn’t transfixed by the stage.
Unlike many such shows, the Chinese State Circus is entirely true and authentic. There’s no trickery or optical illusions. Just highly trained athletes that have practiced their performances for years to achieve perfection.
The Chinese State Circus Dynasty production
The production currently touring is called Dynasty. The show starts with a drummer at the back of the stage creating an atmospheric drum beat. He is soon joined by acrobats and the show starts with a bang. From the moment the acrobats came on stage, the whole audience were transfixed. Even my fidgety two year old sat quietly except for the odd ooh and ahh...
Thank you once again to Natalie from the Plutonium Sox Family Blog for allowing us to post her fabulous review. If you enjoyed her post, don't forget to leave some feedback in the comments to let her know, and check out the rest of her writing.
The Chinese State Circus is currently touring the UK with its latest production - 'Dynasty'! Please see here for all upcoming tour dates.
16 Jun 2017
Skittles have 'removed the rainbow' from their packets in honour of Pride month as they claim 'During Pride, only one rainbow matters'.
Facebook have created a Pride Reaction Emoji which users will have for the month of June.
Converse are also supporting the movement with their limited Pride range. All the proceeds from this range go to the It Gets Better Project and Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation.
It is incredible to see brands like these getting involved in Pride month all across the globe with a very important message to spread.
The Lady Boys of Bangkok, the queens of Pride, are currently in Manchester until the 24th of June. Don't miss them before they leave!
9 Jun 2017
Here at Gandey World Class productions we pride ourselves on being a tight-knit organisation and as employees come and go we love to keep in touch to to see how they're doing and of course always welcome them back to see our productions.
"For those who have followed my blog, or spoken to me for a while, you may know that in a previous life I worked on the PR and Marketing for Gandey World Class Productions. A production company like no other, they're responsible for shows such as The Chinese State Circus and The Ladyboysof Bangkok. Whilst working there, I developed a completely new love and respect for performance and the work that goes not only in to the choreography of the shows, but also the work that goes in to the outfits!
During my time there, I never got the chance to see the renowned Gandey's Circus. Which is why I knew I had to go and take my little niece when the circus came to Stoke on Trent last week.
I must admit, I wasn't quite prepared for the spectacular show I was about to witness. I assumed there'd be some clowns, maybe a few tricks, a trapeze at a push.... But I soon realised I was very, very wrong. From start to finish the entire crowd was in awe of the amazing acts from around the world, all under one Big Top Tent.
Chico Rico is the clown that appears to run the show, with a healthy dose of audience interaction and (unfortunately for me), a section of audience participation... Which wasn't my best move with a hangover that day, but it was fun all the same. I even got some sneaky Instagram Story footage of my experience in the Circus ring...
From trapeze acts, where women dangled from their hair?! (seriously what conditioner do they use?), to flames on hoops and acrobatics like I've never seen. It was non-stop from the opening musical number, through to the minions and until the very end.
There were too many acts to count, and the show lasted a whopping two hours! I think my niece was probably a little young for a show of that length, as she is only just turned 2. Her attention lasted a good while though and it wasn't until around 1 hour 45 minutes that she began to get a little restless. However, all the other children were captivated until the very end! And it's no wonder, when the final act of the show was the world famous Wheel of Death. Which actually did make most of the audience gasp several times in unison at one point.
The show was rounded off in true Gandey's style, with a collection of amazing costumes and the entire cast coming out for the finale. Not to mention the massive inflatable carousel..."
Terri went to see the show earlier in the year in Stoke-on-Trent, did you go?
Check out more from Terri here