Show Business: Tricksters' Ancient Art

Oriental acrobats have been the stuff of Western fantasy since Marco Polo included them, along with gems, spices and silks, in his tales about the wonders of the East. Now Westerners are getting a good look at what Marco was talking about in the first North American tour of the acrobatic troupe from the Chinese city of Shenyang. Unless one counts the Chinese Ping Pong team, the Shenyang troupe is China's first cultural export to the U.S. under the exchange agreed to last winter by President Nixon and Chou Enlai. It is a delightful...

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