Monday, February 15, 2010
Red Panda Acrobats
Photos and video taken at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens Lunar New Year Flower Market Celebration.
This is an annual event in San Francisco and a festivity I thoroughly enjoy. Even though I still do not have much energy, this event was something I was NOT going to miss no matter how I felt.
The Red Panda Acrobats are based in the Bay Area and have toured all over the world. They were originally formed in China and appear at events, school functions, on local television, street festivals and corporate events. They are a staple at the Lunar New Year event at the gardens however I hadn't seen them until today. I was always too early or too late for their performance. Today, I arrived just in time.
All I can say was this guy was amazing as you will see in the videos below. There was juggling, acrobatics, shimmying in and out of barrels, balancing acts and just downright fun. He was engaging, had great interaction with the audience, allowed for children to participate and had the most discipline, endurance and strength that I've seen in a very long time. The first video demonstrates all of these characteristics and much more. I was simply blown away by his acrobatic expertise. I would love to see them perform again. Enjoy!