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Are their bodies made of elastic? The New Shanghai Circus will present its latest show at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

This year’s show features new music, choreography, costumes and backdrops, but the pace is frenetic as always. Get acrophobia as pole-climbers insist on going higher and higher. Laugh as hoop-divers do their wacky, intertwined stunts. Feel the back pain after a woman folds herself inside a narrow drum.

Youthful, graceful, and completely fearless, this roughly 40-member company consists of acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, martial arts experts, strong men, and tumblers. They execute some acts that trace their origins to farmers’ competitions at Chinese harvest festivals from as long as 2,500 years ago.

However, they also do modern stunts, such as Aerial Fish Ballet, Bicycle Tricks, Chair Stack, and Human Yo-Yo.

To add to the spectacle, New Shanghai has the habit of cutting the music during the most astonishing feats to jolt the drama…and allow audience members to hear the others as they bellow out “OMG” and “no way!”

Ticket prices run from $45 to $38, and half the purchase price will be donated to the QCC Fund to benefit QPAC. The troupe has performed at this Bayside venue before and now it is back by popular demand. Organizers predict that the show will sell out. They advise interested parties to buy tickets quickly.

Photos: New Shanghai Circus

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