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February 2015

Cool Shows in China & Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatics

Having covered a lot of show nightlife in Beijing and the rest of China. We want to convince you that it is for a reason. Having extensively traveled in Japan, and the Koreas.. well, they also have amazing shows and nightlife. What China has however is something that’s hard to describe but it’s very Chinese. It’s almost tacky, but combined with the kind of skill and fanaticism that tops out the rest of the show world. Of course the productions are going fast forward, such as our most favorite, the Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatics Show that is known for breaking the boundaries of the physical capabilities of acrobatic theatre. But no matter how much they can afford to put into the production and no matter how they evolve.. they will never become a western-like big stage production.

There is an obvious reason for that of course and that answer can be found from the Chaoyang Theatre management that is ALL CHINESE. Yes, they might collaborate with some foreign productions and such. Yet especially a traditional acrobatics theatre of this magnitude, will have too much pride to let go of their strong Chinese-minded influence. Especially when a lot of the management is pretty old and long time players, meaning of having roots in Chinese culture. Besides that, there is plenty of connections going around and landing a job at the biggest Beijing acrobatic show is going to require good friends. So depending on the level of friendship you have with them, you can get your word in and actually influence the evolution of the show. It’s a really funny and complicated sequence of events that lead to what would be known in the west as “decision making”. Yet, it’s not the most ethical or fair environment.. and don’t get me started on the treatment of the performers themselves.

Nevertheless it is this very unique mess of a system that prevails in Beijing as well as the rest of China that makes the theatre nightlife scene a very cool place to be. Might sound a little contradictory, but that’s what it really is. A contradiction on top of another, with sometimes so many difficult decisions that are made. The outcome is now a quite mixed, with definitely some problems with the productions fluidity. You can see that they are actually trying hard to become a western production, and failing at it as well. This kind of awkward situation makes the show so much fun.. there is just nothing like it. A perfect acrobatic production would never be as much fun as this one.

And it’s all good really.. since the feats and the act itself is simply mind blowing. I still cant get my mind around accepting the all the amazing acrobatic stunts that they perform in the show. So no matter how much of a “funny chinese” feeling it will get into.. the acts themselves at the Chaoyang Theatre will not be easily beaten.

We wil leave you with a few amazing highlights from the acrobatics show!

Acrobatics Show Beijing

Acrobatics Show Beijing

Acrobatics Show Beijing

Enjoy and see you next time at the three cools!

Which is the Most Fun: China, Korea or Japan

I know there is no ultimate answer for this question, but it’s interesting to compared the three cools and see which one beats the other one in certain areas. Such as this little analysis on the concept of “fun”, between the three countries. And to start with, I have had so much fun in all of the three countries that it’s just nothing I can compare with western countries for example. Of course, there you could have an argument too but for me personally.. Asia is definitely the coolest way to go! As has probably become quite evident from my blog so far. Therefore I am shifting thoughts of cool to thoughts of fun, which the three are all about.

Fireworks in China

Anyway there can never really be a winner in this competition but I would say that depending on the person any one of the three could be just as amazing. But looking at the general picture, of general people, toursits, visitors and so on… China is definitely the hardest country. With the most chaotic environment, along with pollution and that so few people speak English for example. Dirty streets is definitely something not every ordinary person will swallow that easily.

Coming to Japan the first thing you will notice that everything is incredibly organised and clean. It’s a really comfortable situation as you don’t really need to worry about anything. South Korea on the other hand, is from somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately Koreans do not clean the shit of dogs from the street when they walk out, but luckily they have all the modern infustructure and systems to clean all the streats posh clean.

But all that comfort in China can be replaced with money. In Korea also. In Japan you cannot just pay people to do what ever you want. Or it might be too expensive. That’s why I would say that China and Korea are the most fun places if are into adventure and want to feel what it’s like to spend money without worrying about it. If however, you are in Japan you will have some restrictions.. which come with super fun and ultimate comfort!

At the end of the day, it’s just a take your pick situation! =)