“Power of the Arm” brings accolades for Vietnamese circus

2011 will be an unforgettable year for the Ho Chi Minh City Circus Troupe that won much international acclaim, brought about by circus artist brothers Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep.

"Power of the Arm" performance by circus artists, brothers Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep of the HCMC Circus Troupe. (Photo: Sggp)

Their performance “Power of the Arm” triumphed over many contestants and won the Grand Prix award at the 10th International Circus Festival "Circuba 2011" in August in La Habana in Cuba.

The performance also won three prizes at the 13th International Circus Festival from October 13-17 in Italy, which included a silver medal and two minor titles awarded by the world’s leading circus groups, Monte Carlo Circus and Cirque du Soleil.

“Power of the Arm” got the Silver Lion award on October 31 at the 13th Int’l Circus Festival in Hebei Province in China.

The performance also took first prize at the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia young circus talent competition in 2009 and a gold medal at the Hanoi International Circus Festival in 2010.

The 15-minute performance left a deep impression on audiences with its difficult and hazardous movements performed to perfection by the artists.

They lay on the stairs with feet up in the air and moved up and down the stairs then walk backwards up and down the stairs….

Experts appreciated the performance as a wonderful feat of   strength, dexterity, balance, precision and skillful movements.

Circus artists, brothers Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep have spent over a decade to perfect the act, facing many countless traumatic moments. Nonetheless they continued to pursue their creativity and passion for the circus.

By Do Hanh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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