Wilson also added an aerial silk act, which is something these acrobats have not done outside of China.
3 -- color) The Shanghai Circus performers catch and pass one of their acrobats after a leap through the stacked hoops.
1 -- 2 -- color) In one of the Shanghai troupe's most popular stunts above, an acrobat dives through five interlocking hoops that are stacked more than 6 feet high.
Making the colorful costumes for the acrobats
proved a challenge for designer Francois Barbeau, who had to tailor his costumes to accommodate the extreme movements the performers have to make.
The dream was to try to take a troupe of 35 Chinese acrobats - I don't say acrobat-actors, because the (Chinese), they are just acrobats, OK, in the way they present their thing - and try to integrate it to the world of the Cirque du Soleil and the imaginative world of the Cirque du Soleil.
The child acrobats encounter the Dralion and begin to play with it, just as children would play with a pet or a new toy, Caron says.
These young acrobats are on their first tour outside of China.
Fellow acrobat Wan Yabo, who's only 11, is nearly as limber.