A CIRCUS full of eastern promise has arrived in town.
The Chinese State Circus is bringing a two-hour show to mark China staging this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
To mark their arrival, the circus’ martial arts experts, The Shaolin Warriors, visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Brighouse.
That came about after Brighouse Kung Fu founder and martial arts expert Michael Nicholls contacted the circus and asked if some of his pupils could meet the Shaolin Warriors.
The warriors offered to go to St Joseph’s where many of Michael’s kung fu students are pupils.
They performed astounding stunts before meeting the children and posing for photographs.
Circus spokesman Peter Norris said: “The show is called The Olympic Nation Spectacular and includes world-class acrobatics, martial arts and the famous Shaolin Warriors and gymnasts.
“It is the first time it has toured outside China and is a dazzling spectacle of flying warriors and unbelievable acrobatics.’’
One of the show’s highlights will be the Tai An Acrobatic Troupe from the foot of Mount Tai – one of China’s most sacred mountains and home to some of China’s greatest poets, artists, scholars and warriors for more than 2,000 years.
Other highlights include a candelabra-balancing contortionist, plate-spinning by Oriental divas, Chinese pole-balancing and a Lion Dance.
The circus is at Greenhead Park from today until next Monday.
From today until Friday the shows are at 5pm and 7.45pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7.45pm, Sunday at 3pm and 6pm and on Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm and 5pm. For tickets phone 0844 5765506.