The audience at this ballet performance was enchanted by the gracious, gliding moves of these dancers, but there’s a specific moment in the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe’s rendition of Swan Lake that brings everyone on their feet.
The moment that sets this dance apart from other ballet performances came when ballerina Wu Zhengdan twirls with her dancing shoes en pointe on the head of her partner, Wei Baohua. Wu appears steady – as if she is spinning on solid ground instead of the head of a fellow human being as the audience breaks out in applause.
After the show, ballet critic Laura Thompson of the Telegraph wrote: “Wu and Wei’s performance is not merely jaw-dropping, it is beautiful. It has artistry as well as trickery.”
The couple’s harmony has helped them become a global sensation. In 2005 Wu and Wei performed for U.S. president George Bush and China’s president Hu Jintao, reported The New York Times.
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