China’s National Acrobats to Appear at Mason Venues

Posted: November 10, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Direct from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will make appearances at two Mason venues this fall on their North American tour.

Drawing on centuries of tradition, this Chinese cultural treasure is acclaimed for deftly demonstrating gasp-inducing flexibility, remarkable agility and extraordinary talent while performing daring physical feats to the accompaniment of traditional Chinese music.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China routinely combines dramatic folk arts with cultural Chinese roots, using common household objects such as tables, chairs, bowls, plates, ladders, poles and bicycles as props to create an acrobatic art wholly unique to the Chinese culture.

This company was the first national performing arts troupe established by the government of the People’s Republic of China in 1950 and has since travelled to more than 40 countries throughout the world. The company also owns and operates an institution in Beijing dedicated to training acrobats of all ages in this fascinating performance art.

The schedule of appearances follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas. A discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents. Tickets are $32, $40 and $48; tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org.

Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus. A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. The performances are part of the 2011-12 Global View series, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank. Tickets are $24, $40 and $48; tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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