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International children united by spectacular stage performance

ON the International Children's Day on June 1, expat children from more than 40 countries and regions who study at Shanghai's international schools celebrated their day at a performance of "ERA" at Shanghai Circus World.

Although they are from different childhood, cultural background and experience, these children shared the same enjoyment of the show as Chinese children.

"ERA," combining traditional Chinese acrobatics and modern technology, was first performed in 2005 and is welcomed by all because of its beautiful stage design, fantastic lights, high-flying feats and spectacular performance, plus it's suitable for the whole family to watch together.

Clowns and people dressed as puppets entertained children before the show started. Although they didn't speak a word, they still made children very happy using body language, gesturing and balloons.

The children were totally amazed by the performance; most of them looked at the stage fixedly and some even forgot to applause. Some of the actors came into the audience during the half-time interval so the children could talk with them and have their photos taken with them.

The organizer hoped the children could feel the fascination and excellence of Chinese circus. The kids were very excited about that, they had so many different poses and some of them even surprised the actors.

Aqil, Aqilah and Afiq are siblings from Malaysia. They study in an international school in Changning District, and this was their first Children's Day in Shanghai and 16-year-old Aqil liked the performance very much.

"I like it very much because I'm really interested in Chinese culture, it's totally different from mine, and I think this show displays Chinese culture," said Aqil.

His 15-year-old sister Aqilah says she likes it because "everything is so beautiful and I have liked Chinese circus from a long time ago."

"This is the most amazing and incredible night of my life," the nine-year-old Afiq said.


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