Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi Opens at The New Victory Theater


While you’re busy gearing up for the holidays and all that jazz, we’ve got a reason for you to take a breather and head to the theater. Children’s theater, that is. The New Victory Theater in Times Square is the first and only full time performing arts theater for kids and their families. Not only do they feature entertaining performances that are close to home, but also cultural shows from around the world.


Last weekend, my son and I “traveled around the globe” during our visit to the theater where we were able to experience the wonder that is Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi. Translating as, “100 Amazing Acts,” Bai Xi could not have a more fitting name. The Chinese acrobatic spectacle features a ton of gifted contortionists, aerialists, and gymnasts, and each performed traditional and contemporary circus acts.

Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi’s New York City premiere was December 2nd and it’s very clear that they are pulling out all the stops. With ethnically festive costumes, the show is replete with jaw dropping moments. During the performance, there were a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” and “oh my gosh!” And there were a lot of this: gasp, hold-breathe-while-being-mesmerized-by-performers’-breathtaking-acts, and exhale in relief because the performers didn’t topple over. Whew!


Each act builds on the excitement from the previous act. Can the aerialist graciously climb a 1-story tower of teetering chairs? Why, of course! That’s a piece of cake for her. But, can she climb a three-story tower of teetering chairs? Hmm…

Can the gymnast rotate through the air on the Wheel of Death at a heart-stopping speed? Certainly! That’s so yesterday! But, can he rotate through the air on the Wheel of Death at a heart-stopping speed while juggling pinballs or jumping rope? Hmm…

We’re not ones to ruin the show with spoilers here at Momtrends so, by all means, go see the show to find out for yourself. ‘Tis the season, after all. Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi is 90-minutes long and tickets start as low as $17. The show will run from now until January 1, 2012 at The New Victory Theater in Times Square, 209 West 42nd Street. For more information, visit their website or call 646.223.3010.

Alicia Harper, M.A., Ed.M. is a single mother, Freelance Writer, blogger, and recent graduate of Columbia University turned Mental Health Therapist. Her life is filled with all things pink, except for the one bit of blue – her rambunctious 4-year-old son. Together they make a great pair, and Alicia chronicles the trials and triumphs of being a young, single mother living in NYC at Mommy Delicious.

photo credit: Aubrey Haynes

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We received complimentary tickets to Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi for the purposes of this review. 

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