What do you get when you combine a Chinese teenager, more
than a dozen steel hoops and a colourful unitard? A school
hall full of screaming and excited children, of course.
Zirka Circus visited St Brigid's School, in Dunedin, this
week. Jaws dropped as Chinese hula hoop performer Kai Li (16)
spun a steel hoop around the ankle of her right foot while
doing a handstand. The school's about 100 pupils were
encouraged to clap and cheer for the performer and the
decibel levels rose as they screamed and gasped in awe.
Chloe Woodhouse (7) said the performance was ''awesome''.
Her favourite part of the show was ''when she got all the
hula hoops up on her''. Chloe said she was looking forward to
going to see the circus while it was in Dunedin.
Principal Chris Hogue said it was ''brilliant'' the circus
had chosen to visit the school.
''It's a good chance for the kids to see some real performers
in action, up close,'' he said.
Zirka Circus spokesman Kevin Hurring said St Brigid's was
among 15 schools the circus was to visit this week.
The show, at the Oval, featured 17 performers in a variety of
disciplines including magic, illusion, comedy,
acrobatics,juggling and contortion, MrHurring said.
While Zirka Circus had visited Dunedin twice before, each
tour was ''completely different'' with new performers and new
Shows are performed daily, except for Monday and Tuesday,
until next Sunday.
Zirka Circus will then head to Oamaru for shows on March 25
and 26 at Awamoa Park.