Disney's epic movie Mulan, though a hit in the west, bombed with Chinese audiences who found the legendary heroine too individualistic and foreign-looking. In the original tale, with its roots in Chinese myth, Mulan disguises herself as a man to join the army, protect her father from military service and bring honour to her family.

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Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government

In Disney's version, however, she tries to break the patriarchal bonds that hold her back. When unmasked, Mulan says that she is fighting not only for the glory of her family, but for her own as well.

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Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government

In the hands of the Chongqing Acrobatic Art Troupe, Mulan returns to its roots, presenting an old fashioned entertainment that presents athletic, acrobatic wizardry, impressive lighting effects and colourful costumes in an uncomplicated tale of heroic militarism.

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Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government

The well drilled and expert young troupe of artists will perform with high tempo martial precision a variety of balancing, foot juggling, somersaulting, aerial silks, drumming, hoop diving and other gravity defying skills. Kids will love it. But be warned, they may wish to run away and join the troupe.

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Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government

Established in June 1951, Chongqing Acrobatic Arts Troupe was the first arts troupe to merge acrobatic gymnastics, Chinese opera, folk dance, and music into a single performance. To date, the company has toured more than eighty countries, from Suva in Fiji to Zaragoza in Spain, making it an ideal vehicle for the spread of soft culture. The Macau performance is in celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China.

September 30 & October 1
Mulan
Macao Forum, Avenida Marciano Baptista
+853 2855 5555, macauticket.com

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