TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Le Grand Cirque, an acrobatic theater troupe from the U.S. state of South Carolina, will take over Taipei Arena this weekend to provide a visual feast of death-defying stunts and astonishing aerial acrobatics.
With over 30 members from seven countries handpicked for their precision skills, Le Grand Cirque has performed for millions around the world. It has been called the "next generation of Cirque du Soleil," and the Sydney Morning Herald described its performances as "a celebration of human potential."
The troupe will stage five shows from Friday to Sunday at Taipei Arena, featuring a series of mesmerizing acrobatic stunts. Trampolines, rope acrobatics, and a rare crisscrossing flying trapeze act are among the expected highlights.
Speaking to media on Thursday (May 6), Taylor Gordon, artistic director of Le Grand Cirque, said the troupe had not performed in over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, troupe members have continued training during the hiatus and are ready to wow Taiwanese audiences, she said.
Grateful for the opportunity to perform, Gordon said she was really impressed by Taiwan's epidemic prevention success. She added that troupe members have praised the country's cuisine, which they enjoyed during their 14-day mandatory quarantine after arriving.
Trapeze artist April Chodkowski said her favorite Taiwanese dish is spicy beef soup. Meanwhile, her partner Tucker Smith said he is a fan of stinky tofu, especially deep-fried.
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Le Grand Cirque members Tucker Smith, Taylor Gordon, April Chodkowski, and Ryan Hamer. (CNA photo)