OUT NOW: Training is Bitter: Reflections on Life, Effort, and Acrobatics With Master Trainer Lu Yi
Hailed as everything from “the father of modern acrobatics” to the “rabble-rouser of Chinese circus,” Master Trainer Lu Yi brings his trademark humor and acrobatic philosophy to his own life story in Training is Bitter.
Through engaging first-hand accounts and detailed historical essays, Training is Bitter, written with former student Devin Holt, offers a picture of a man who inspired generations of students to endure the hard, bitter training necessary to perform on the world’s biggest circus stages.
“If you’ve watched a circus in the last twenty years, you’ve seen Master Lu Yi’s work. He changed circus in North America and Australia in profound and beautiful ways. He was also my teacher and a dear friend. Training is Bitter gives you a taste of Lu Yi’s philosophy and why he is beloved by performers around the world.”
—JEFF RAZ, former Cirque du Soleil star and author of The Secret Life of Clowns
|Contortionist and hand balancer Zhou Yue trains with Lu Yi. 1990 Photo: Terry Lorant