Category Archives: Cirque Shanghai

  Name: Wang Quan Act: Comedy Bowl Kicker Age: 29 Experience: 20 years Favorite Chicago Activity: Six Flags Favorite Things: Reading, playing pool, watching American TV shows Wang Quan, the Comedy Bowl Kicker, has studied acrobatics for 20 years, been involved with Cirque Shanghai since its inception, and traveled to Chicago with the troupe for…

Ever wonder what goes on beyond the curtains? See Cirque Shanghai from a new angle with these behind-the-scenes performance photos. There are many elements that go into a grand show such as this,  and a lot of those efforts are unseen by the audience.  It’s busier than you think off in the wings—these warriors have…

Dragon-Boat-Race

The 14th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy took place last Saturday, June 28 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. One of Cirque Shanghai’s favorite events to participate in, the annual day of festivities includes children’s activities, special appearances and performances, vendor booths, food trucks, and the exciting dragon boat races. Though celebrated…

3. Water meteor

Cirque Shanghai: Warriors has kicked off the summer with some fabulous reviews! Performing 13 shows a week for three months makes it pretty hard to miss it, but sprinkle in these reviews and we’re certain you won’t want to. Back for the ninth consecutive summer season with the largest Cirque Shanghai cast to ever visit…

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A mind-blowing display of pure athleticism and acrobatic beauty, Cirque Shanghai is a Las Vegas-caliber performance now in its ninth consecutive season at Navy Pier’s Pepsi Skyline Stage. This year’s installment is Warriors and transports the audience back to the days in ancient China when Kung Fu and Wu Shu masters were the backbone of…

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder

Get ready to be amazed! All summer long we have experienced acrobats soaring, motorcycles flipping and the jaws of audience member’s dropping over the vastly raved about Cirque Shanghai – Dragon’s Thunder Circus! Since last May, Cirque Shanghai has proven once again to be an hour and fifteen minutes of non-stop entertaining fun! Traveling with…

Cirque Shanghai Around Chicago

Blink and you might miss them! Navy Pier serves as the official venue for Cirque Shanghai’s lauded “Dragon’s Thunder” over the summer months, but that doesn’t mean the cast can’t be spotted elsewhere. Cirque’s schedule of special appearances includes two of the best that a Chicago summer has to offer. After stops at Taste of…

Cirque Shanghai

Oh, that winning feeling. As much as everyone loves a great deal, there’s nothing like getting things for free. Last month, Cirque Shanghai  doled out a 4-pack of tickets to one lucky Cirque fan. That fan became the proud winner of a premium prize package that included four Emperor’s Court tickets, four Lakefront Shoreline tour…

A Q&A with Cirque Shanghai director Miao Miao Chen

With 13 shows a week, Miao Miao Chen is on a tight schedule. The Cirque Shanghai director pauses for a quick lunch and a chat before the next performance of “Dragon’s Thunder,” the latest summer marvel from Cirque Shanghai. Miao Miao, now in her third year with the perennial Navy Pier-favorite, talks about her transition…

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder

An acrobatic spectacle of unmatched athleticism has descended upon the Pier! Meet Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder, the amazing show featuring the talents of Chinese tumblers, jugglers, and all sorts of other acrobatic magicians. While Cirque Shanghai may look like fun and games to the audience (and it mostly is), there’s no discounting the years of…