Ho Chi Minh City circus goes north after 15 years

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The renowned Ho Chi Minh City Circus Troupe will perform in the north for the first time in 15 years this week and next.

The country's top circus performers will bring Hanoi and surrounding provinces their award-winning performances, including a tightrope act that won two awards in Spain, and a mid-air hoola-hoop performance that took a gold medal at the Vietnam National Circus Festival and won a bronze medal at a festival in China, Ha Noi Moi reported Monday.

They will also debut several magical tricks, including one in which they make 20 umbrellas appear out of thin air and another in which they turn one person into four.

There will also be animal acts with dogs, monkeys and bears at the performances scheduled August 24-September 2.

The troupe will perform in Bac Ninh (August 24), Phu Ly (August 25), Thai Nguyen (August 26), Dinh Bang (August 27) and Hai Phong (August 28) before a final four days in the capital of Hanoi.

The HCMC group was established 26 years ago and has been the country's most popular circus ever since.

In related news, the Long An People's Circus Troupe, from the eponymous Mekong Delta province that borders the southern metro, will fill the HCMC circus' shows at its home venue while the city act is away.

The Long An artists will perform at September 23 Park near Ben Thanh Market in District 1 from August 25 to September 2.

They will be performing acrobatics, illusions and comedy at 7:30 p.m. on August 25, 26 and September 1, and 2. Sundays will have extra performances at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets for the Long An circus performances are now available at the park box office for VND100,000 (US$4.80) and VND120,000 ($5.76) apiece.

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