National Acrobats of China to Perform at Center for the Arts

Posted: March 26, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

National Acrobats of China

Centuries ago, performers in China combined dramatic folk arts and variety shows with the cultural roots of their civilization. By using common objects as stage props, they created an acrobatic art unique to their culture.

Since 1956, the National Acrobats of China have continued this ancient tradition, which is every bit as thrilling and entertaining as it was 3,000 years ago. Executing daring feats with tables, chairs, ladders, poles, bowls and plates, the performers demonstrate their amazing flexibility, agility and extensive training, set to traditional Chinese music, as audiences gasp, laugh and hold their breath.

This amazing acrobatic ensemble will perform three shows at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Led by Directors Tian Zichun and Yao Jianguo, the National Acrobats of China have become one of the most well known and influential acrobatic troupes in the world, participating in national and international acrobatic competitions and festivals across the globe.

The company has won many awards throughout the years, including the prestigious Golden Clown and Gold Lion awards. The National Acrobats of China have toured more than 30 countries.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason season.

Tickets are $46, $38 and $23; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

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