Making its U.S. debut is the Heilongjiang Provincial Acrobatic Troupe from the Heilongjiang Province in China. Located in Northeast China near Russia and Mongolia, this troupe lives in the city of Harbin and performs annually in the local ice festival, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
Harbin is known by many as the “Ice City” for its cold weather, which made for the perfect creative environment. The troupe’s origins date back over 50 years, but because the competition became so steep for acts in the country (with over 300 different touring acrobatic troupes), the Heilongjiang Provincial Acrobatic Troupe became China’s first and only ice acrobatic performing group in 2005. Inspired by the city of Harbin’s rich cultural resources and the historical Russian ice acrobatic shows, the new ice acrobatic troupe has earned several international awards for their innovative circus art form, including China’s most prestigious award, the National Endowment for the Arts.