Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe CHI to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: November 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Literally translated, it means ‘energy’ or ‘breath,’ and once the rhythm and spirit of CHI is unleashed, the logic behind this name is evident. Making their Center for the Arts debut on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., the skillful acrobats of CHI bring a masterful melding of tradition and high-tech theatricality to their performance.

Contortionists, teeter boards flipping acrobats, astonishing balance work, trapeze artistry, hoop somersaults, dancing midair, over-the-top costumes and light-and-sound wizardry combine to breathe new life into ancient folk tales, symbolism and Taoist tradition when CHI takes the stage.

CHI’s performances have been called, “…an exhilarating marriage of athletic

and acrobatic agility…” and “…strikingly unusual…” CHI attempts to illustrate the balance between yin and yang with movement that is mystical, poised and peaceful, as well as powerful, unrestrained and passionate.

A pre-performance discussion begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $38, $30 and $19; children’s tickets are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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