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Twists, turns and towers 轉轉扭扭疊疊塔

Acrobats in Sydney, Australia practice their performance.特技表演者在澳洲雪梨排演。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Can you touch your toes? Can you make your toes touch your nose? Have you ever tried to put your legs over your head? If you have, (or even if you haven't but you think it sounds pretty cool) you might one day want to become an acrobat.

Beginning with Chinese performers over 2000 years ago, acrobatics is a performance or sport that uses full-body activity.

Most acrobats are known for their ability to move their bodies in all sorts of strange and seemingly impossible positions. They can twist and turn their bodies into circles, squares and other shapes that make them look as if they are not even people any longer.

Sometimes they do this while holding or balancing different objects. They hold these things for a long time on different parts of their bodies. These things are often things you could find around the house, such as plates or balls. And sometimes, the strongest and best acrobats will hold or balance other acrobats on their bodies in groups of five or six, making a whole tower of twisting and turning bodies. 

(LYNN STEGER, STAFF WRITER)

你可以碰到自己的腳趾嗎?你可以讓腳趾碰到鼻子嗎?你曾經試過把腳抬超過頭頂嗎?如果有(或者就算你沒試過,但是你覺得這聽起來很酷),或許有朝一日你會想成為一名特技表演者。

兩千年多前中國開始有特技表演者。特技是一種運用全身活動的表演或運動。

多數特技表演者以能將身體擺成各種奇怪或看似不可能的姿勢而聞名,他們能把肢體扭轉成圓形、方形,以及其他看來甚至不是人能擺出來的形狀。

他們有時會一邊扭擺姿勢,一邊握著或平衡不同的物體,他們會用身體不同部分長時間頂住這些物體,通常是在家裡就能找到的盤子或球。有時技藝最精湛特技表演者會五六人一組,撐著其他表演者或平衡在彼此身上,形成一整個肢體扭曲的高塔。



(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. performer n.

表演者 (biao2 yan3 zhe5)

例: The performer's song was beautiful and sweet even though it lasted a little too long.

(表演者的歌曲雖稍長,卻很甜美。)

2. activity n.

活動 (huo2 dong4)

例: If you eat a lot of food right before you do a lot of activity you will probably get sick.

(激烈活動前暴飲暴食可能會讓你不舒服。)

3. balance v.i./v.t.

平衡 (ping2 heng2)

例: The waitress was able to balance three plates of food and a tray of drinks on her arms.

(那名女服務生能在雙臂上平衡三盤菜和一整個托盤的飲料。)


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