Luke Jennings reviews the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China in their "Swan Lake":http://www.guardian....rmingham-review
The Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China was established in 1951, and since then has performed all over the world. The UK first saw the company's extraordinary version of Swan Lake three years ago, by which point it was already a YouTube sensation. The idea of creating a full-length acrobatic work to Tchaikovsky's score came about when two of the company's performers, Wei Baohua and his wife Wu Zhengdan, made a piece called Oriental Swan Ballet on Top of Head. This routine, in which she balances on pointe first on his shoulder and then, unbelievably, on his head, won the couple huge acclaim, and became the climax of the present production. Only Wei and Wu have the skill and strength to execute the sequence, and in consequence have done so at every one of the 150-odd performances of Swan Lake.