The Peking Acrobats, a troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts, will bring their 2,000 year old tradition to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
The Peking Acrobats, now on their 29th North American tour, are known for leaving audiences around the globe spellbound by their extraordinary exhibition of agility and grace. Daring maneuvers atop chairs, trick cycling, somersaulting, precision tumbling, contortion, gymnastics, dazzling special effects, and beautiful costumes, complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, are trademarks of the group. Many of the feats performed today are rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art, dating back to the Ch’in Dynasty (221–207 B.C.). A performance by The Peking Acrobats brings with it the opportunity to experience a rich and ancient tradition along with the pageantry and spectacle of a modern Chinese Theatrical Circus.
The Peking Acrobats have been the featured performers on numerous television shows and celebrity-studded television specials including appearances on The Wayne Brady Show, NBC’s Ring in the New Year Holiday Special, Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous, Ellen’s Really Big Show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and they set the world record for the human chair stack on Fox’s Guinness Book Primetime. The Peking Acrobats have also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s hit film, Ocean’s 11.
“The Peking Acrobats regularly passed from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable!”
–The Los Angeles Times
“A is for acrobats and astounding, amusing, audacious and accomplished, accurate and attractive and admirable, all of which describe, though not completely, The Peking Acrobats!”
“…An afternoon of outstanding feats of agility, balance, coordination and showmanship by The Peking Acrobats! An entertaining and instructive survey of the Asian circus arts!”
–The Boston Globe
2014-15 Performing Arts Series Schedule
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The company’s choreography is inspired by the Graham technique, Luigi jazz, classical ballet, hip-hop and Israeli folk dance. The performance features works set to both classical and Middle Eastern music.
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for these events are on sale at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office and online at pas.appstate.edu. The Performing Arts Series is committed to affordable ticket prices, with prices for most events ranging from $10-$30. The series offers a “Pick 5” discount for series events when the tickets are purchased in multiples of five. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 828-262-4046 or go online at pas.appstate.edu.
About the Performing Arts Series
The Performing Arts Series supports the teaching mission of Appalachian State University by presenting a diverse array of music, dance and theatre events designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the campus and surrounding region. By creating memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, the series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a “window on the world” through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists and showcases some of the finest artists of our nation and our region.
Performing Arts Series Corporate Sponsors:
McDonald’s of Boone and Boone Area Visitors Bureau
Festival media sponsors include:
Charter Media, Our State Magazine, High Country Radio, Mountain Television Network, WDAV 89.9 FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WETS 89.5FM, WASU 90.5FM and High Country 365.