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Something I’m Gonna Miss this Chinese New Year 2021: Acrobatics Performance

Its confirmed. It’s said on the news that Chinese New Year gathering (lunch, dinner whatsoever) with (extended) family members is highly not recommended. Especially, the highest Covid-19 cases in Indonesia come from family cluster recently. The pandemic is far from over. The upcoming Chinese New Year won’t be as merry as before. I believe attractions attracting crowds will be forbidden this year.

I’m glad that I managed to watch and capture Chinese acrobatics performance in February 2020 at Pondok Indah Mall, South Jakarta, a month before case no. 1 appeared in Indonesia. These performers are for sure from China and have been performing in some other countries, too, among others Barcelona and Dubai.

As seen from the results, I realize that I still need to learn a lot to capture moving objects with a mirrorless camera. Nonetheless, I finally decided to post them as a remembrance of the joy of being with crowds for the last time before semi lockdown in April 2020.

The acrobatics are basically divided in 4 acts: Contortionists, Rolla Bolla, Monocycle and Aerial Silk Duo.

CONTORTIONISTS

Her head should be strong enough to support her friend’s weight. But the girl on top is very slim, anyways.
Wish I could bend like this!
Hmm… table top?
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Envy the flexibility

ROLLA BOLLA

Rotating 360 degrees needs concentration, strength, stability and patience
Handstand
The bowls finally land safely on the head

MONOCYCLE

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Stack of bowls in the air is about to land. Cool, huh?
What a kickass!!
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Can you see what they’re trying to do from the distance?
A busy background may distract you. Taking a closer look, she’s kicking the bowl to pass it to her colleague.

AERIAL SILK DUO

Hand in hand
Lift my feet up
Don’t let me fall
The neck… does it hurt?

Let’s pray the pandemic will be over this year after most people on the planet get vaccinated, so we can go back to (the old) normal. Hate this new normal, but we need to be strong and safe to get through this.

A bit early to say, but Happy Chinese New Year for those who celebrate it!