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  Cirque Shanghai: Warriors at Navy Pier Skyline Stage

Cirque Shanghai: Warriors

Navy Pier Skyline Stage
600 East Grand Ave Chicago

This summer's production of "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors" brings an extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts to the stage, including The Kinetic Poles, the powerful Water Meteor and the heart-pounding Pageant of Arms. Returning to the production from last year is the fate-tempting "Wheel of Destiny," and China's premier daredevil steel-globe motorcycle troupe, "Imperial Thunder".

Thru - Sep 1, 2014

Wednesdays: 2:00pm & 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Thursdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Fridays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 4:00pm



Price: $19.50-$39.50

Show Type: Performance Art

Running Time: 1hr, 15mins; no intermission

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  Cirque Shanghai: Warriors Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Although Cirque’s format and mix of about a dozen or so (not entirely flub-free) acts is familiar by now, director Miao Chen shuffles things just enough to make it feel fresh. And this version, with its warrior theme and infusion of stylized Kung Fu and Wu Shu moves, also features some of the most lavish costumes, lighting and set pieces to date, including a wall inspired by the architecture in Beijing’s Forbidden City."
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...The show does seem a little more amped up this year, packing a lot into a mere 70 minutes. In fact, if you let your mind wander for even a couple seconds, you're likely to miss something spectacular. And when it's all over, you may well find yourself hungry for more. They may call themselves warriors, but really these troupers are showbiz to the core."
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Jack Helbig


Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Of course, the awe-inspiring, heart-stopping, and gag-reflexing acts come last. The “Wheel of Destiny” features two ever-smiling teenagers who effortlessly defy gravity, every survival instinct, and death itself to play (as in juggle and jump rope) within and on top of two whirling wheels that take them from the top of the proscenium to the stage floor. You will re-taste your dinner and test your heart at the same time."
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Lawrence Bommer


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Yes, the show features some terrific acrobatics and to go along with its new sub-name- Warriors” they have added some military costumes, and some movements that are Kung Fu and Wu Shu allowing us to witness not only the usual “silks”, and the amazing “Wheel of Destiny” that for some reason appeared even larger ( and scarier) than in last year’s production. They of course continue the Imperial Thunder” China’s premier act where FIVE motorcycles cross each others paths in the steel globe as the final act of the show. Well many of the acts are very close top the past, it appears the acrobatics and artistry is more so than in years past and some of the old acts- chairs rising high, bicycles with one man and many women are gone, replaced by some new feats of acrobatics and strength."
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Alan Bresloff


Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...The Cirque Shanghai production has a perfect venue in the Navy Pier 1,500-seat amphitheater, covered by a canopy in case of rain but with open sides so the spectators can see the water. The sight lines are perfect and at an hour and a quarter with no intermission the fast-paced show is a perfect fit for youthful attention spans. And if youngsters don’t dial into the more subtle and sophisticated ballet-oriented acts, there is Wang Quan to take over, charming every living but the seagulls with his high spirits and his talent."

Dan Zeff


The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...This is the ninth season that Cirque Shanghai has summered at Navy Pier. Of those nine shows, I've seen 4. Each production offers a slightly different theme that carries through in acts and costumery. Primarily, it's the same death-defying show with new silky razzmatazz. The family-friendly show guarantees plenty of gasps, ooohs and awwws and sore hands from clapping."
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Katy Walsh


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