|People’s Artist Nguyễn Thị Tâm Chính, head of Việt Nam Circus Association.|
Last week, acrobatic brothers Giang Quốc Cơ and Giang Quốc Nghiệp received a certificate of merit by the Việt Nam Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện for their performance in
The acrobats performed a head-balancing act of walking across tiny platforms suspended high off the ground in the final of the British TV talent show early this month.
Head-balancing is developed from Sức Mạnh Đôi
It has earned the acrobats several top prizes at home and abroad including at the Grand Prix Prize and the Audience Award at the International Summer Circus Festival in Havana, Cuba; as well as the silver medal at the 13th Latina Circus Festival in Italy and the New Creation title by the world’s leading circus groups Monte Carlo Circus and Cirque du Soleil.
The brothers become internationally known when they broke the world record for “most consecutive stairs climbed while balancing a person on the head” in
Alongside Cơ and Nghiệp many other talented Vietnamese circus artists have won awards at international festivals, but are not as popular in Việt
Thanh Xuân interviews People’s Artist Nguyễn Thị Tâm Chính, head of the Việt Nam Circus Association about how Vietnamese circus performers take opportunities to promote their names and Vietnamese circus around the world.
What were your thoughts after seeing the head-balancing act by Quốc Cơ and Quốc Nghiệp?
I’m very proud of Vietnamese acrobats Quốc Cơ and Quốc Nghiệp. Vietnamese circus will become more popular in the world thanks to their performance at
Their head-balancing act is developed from their performance Sức Mạnh Đôi
Vietnamese circus used to rely on an acrobat couple to perform this act, the performance was more difficult and require more strength. The female artist would support the male artist on her hands. After getting married the female artist switches to animal circus.
Cơ and Nghiệp are lucky to be popular with this performance.
Why has this performance made Cơ and Nghiệp popular?
They are masters of performance. Their performance art is much better than others. This is the point in circus art. With the same performance, some artists perform very well and charm the audience, but other artists cannot.
I agree with the comment saying that Cơ and Nghiệp are much more skillful with the head balancing act. Their movements are flexible and graceful. Plus, in their performance at the
Whenever the acrobats perform in other countries they know how to combine their movement to suit the producers’ intention. In addition, Cơ and Nghiệp have other advantages such as their beautiful bodies; attractive performance style and good manners. All these things make them outstanding.
What is the average career length of a circus performer?
It depends on the kind of circus performance. Generally, circus artists cannot sustain a long career with one act. If Cơ and Nghiệp practise everyday and keep their strict menu then they will be able to perform head-balancing by the age of 40 or even 50. But the most important thing is that their passion and their enthusiasm, which will help them to keep their muscles.
What should Vietnamese acrobats do to gain success like Cơ and Nghiệp?
I think that circus artists should follow the brothers’ performance style and how they promote their image at international shows. Circus doesn’t only require skills and training, it also requires art. We need to question why Cơ and Nghiệp can do it; and how they made it.
Vietnamese circus performers have won many top prizes at international festivals, but they sink into oblivion. Many people think that Vietnamese circus has come to a standstill. In fact, it has not. We have talented performers winning international awards. Last year, Ngọc Ánh and Thu Thủy from the Việt Nam Circus and