This spectacular show at the famous Shanghai Circus World, performed by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, will challenge your perceptions of reality and have you questioning your beliefs. The show combines Chinese traditions with modern technology, to create the first show of its kind in China. Premiered in 2005, this multi-million dollar show has become extremely popular with foreign visitors and locals alike. The Circus World building itself has a distinctive architecture with a splendid golden vault. It can seat an audience of 1638 people.
The story of ERA is about love, but seen through the one dimension mankind has yet to conquer: time. The tale begins with China’s ancient traditions, including martial arts; highlights it’s present achievements; and delves into China’s promising future. This is a story for everyone; the humour and laughter will delight children, and adults will be thoroughly entertained by the logic defying stunts and tricks.
As soon as spectators enter the auditorium, a gigantic mirror cylinder measuring 6 x 11 metres reflects their image back at them. The show begins in the centre of this mirrored cage, and the illusions and wonderment are never ending from the very first moment.
The audience is dazzled by an 8 x 18 metre water curtain, used as a screen to project images of ancient Chinese civilisations, eventually melting into a real gondola- a stage for the performers. The music is the perfect combination between eastern and western music, uniquely created by famous composer Michel Cusson. It is all performed live by a band, showcasing many different Chinese and western instruments.
Highlights include an overview of Chinese porcelain culture, in which the artist throws, kicks and catches porcelain and terracotta jars. The audience holds their breath, but the artist has the jars all safely in one piece at the end. This act has been performed since the far off days of the Han Dynasty (206BC–220AD), and allows the audience a better understanding of the country’s name of ‘China’.
Another act showcases the culture of Sinan, an ancient Chinese invention for telling directions, soothsaying and conjuring. Modern inventions are seen too, including the Shanghai Donghai Cross-Sea Bridge, Maglev Train, and Shenzhou 5, China’s first manned space mission.
There are acrobatics on gigantic wheels, a love story between a man and a woman told on silk ribbons suspended in the air, balancing acts, trampolines and bungee cords. This show has everything you can imagine, and much that you would never have believed possible.
The finale has the audience going crazy, as terracotta soldiers race each other on motorbikes inside a metal globe… things don’t get more remarkable than this!
The show begins every day at 7.30pm, lasting around 2 hours, at Shanghai Circus World, in the Zhabei district. Do remember to check out the official website, recommended.
The motto of ERA is: ‘’miss this and you’ll miss Shanghai’’! So don’t miss out, click below to book your tickets (prices are based on where you are seated- the higher the price, the more amazing the view.)
Hoped you liked our review and see you next time at the new and refreshed, “Octopus Travel”. Best take regards, Joe from Japan.