• Short Summary

    A tear gas bomb forced the evacuation of Chicago's Civic Opera House on Saturday (23 December) during a performance of an acrobatic troupe from The People's Republic of China. 4,000 people were ushered from the building as firemen rushed to the scene.

  • Description

    A tear gas bomb forced the evacuation of Chicago's Civic Opera House on Saturday (23 December) during a performance of an acrobatic troupe from The People's Republic of China. 4,000 people were ushered from the building as firemen rushed to the scene. Several people had to be treated with oxygen.

    The Shenyang acrobatic troupe arrived in Chicago last week to start the first performing arts tour of the United States by a group from the People's Republic of China. However, it has been the target of sporadic picketing by anti-Communist groups.

    There are 77 members of the troupe, 52 artists and musicians. The remainder include doctors, stagehand, interpreters, news media representatives and officials. The troupe arrived after a three-week tour of Canada and immediately organised a dress rehearsal at Chicago's Civic Opera House where this film was shot.

    After six performances in Chicago, the troupe travelled to Indianapolis, with further tours of New York and Washington D.C. planned. At the end of a four-week season in the Untied states the Shenyang acrobatic troupe will tour Mexico, Peru and Chile.

    SYNOPSIS: This acrobatic troupe from The People's Republic of China is at present performing before large audiences in the Untied States. Known as the Shenyang troupe, the acrobats and musicians are making the first performing arts tour of the U.S.A. by a group from China. The troupe arrived in Chicago last week following a successful three-week tour of Canada. On arrival at Chicago's Civil Opera House, the Shenyang presented this dress rehearsal to show their skills.

    There are 77 members of the troupe, 52 artists and musicians and the remainder consisting of doctors, stagehand, news media representatives and officials. For many members of the torus, it is the first time they have been outside of China.

    Their performances have been the target of sporadic picketing by anti-Communist groups and on one occasion, the Chicago Opera House had to be evacuated after a tear gas bomb had been ignited. Following the incident, a troupe spokesman said that the Chinese did not want the reactions of a small minority to harm the growing friendship of the People's Republic and the Untied sates. Following performances in Indianapolis, New York and Washington, the troupe will make a six-week tour of Mexico, Peru and Chile.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8NFY3IS2PG9G5BHIJ11G2TP8Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA8NFY3IS2PG9G5BHIJ11G2TP8Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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