The Peking Acrobats Featuring The Shanghai Circus
Presented by the Clark Center
This attraction has been called “incredible,” “breathtaking,” “stunning,” and “quite unbelievable,” to quote but a few of the critics. As a special treat for fans of THE PEKING ACROBATS, this all new production now features performers from THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS to create a very special Chinese Acrobatic extravaganza unlike any other!
The amalgamation of THE PEKING ACROBATS and THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS offers the unique talents and the very best of both shows. With the addition of fresh elements from THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS, the amalgamation of their incredible talents brings a whole new dimension to the ancient artistry of Chinese Acrobatics!
THE PEKING ACROBATS with THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS offers more than a glimpse into the fascinating traditions of Asian performing arts culture consisting of sensational Chinese acrobatics, comedy, balancing feats and much more. A truly Asian spectacular and a show for all ages, the grace and precision of the acrobats are the triumph of years of dedicated training and discipline. Chinese acrobatics are, in fact, more than just a series of stunts. Most of these acts clearly demonstrate the achievement of perfection through finding harmony between mind and body – an ancient concept in Asia. The art form has been transformed from its simple “folk art” roots, to the spectacular entertainment event we see today, by centuries of tradition.
THE PEKING ACROBATS new partners, THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS, have been entertaining audiences of all ages for over thirty years in the United States including two six-week Broadway engagements. Recognized as being among the best acrobatic shows that introduces young people to the magic of theatre, these acrobats were awarded Best Variety Show in Branson, MO, due to their continual demonstration of the highest caliber of professional, trained athletes, jugglers and contortionists. Their acts often trace their origins to traditional harvest festivals down through the centuries. It is no wonder The New York Times reported, “THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS is providing entertainment in abundance!”
Each entertainer presents a range of demanding performances, most of them typifying the Chinese Circus and consisting of a refreshing alternative to the usual Western traditions. From the dangerous climbing chair stack high above the audience, about which the New York Times said, “these acrobats provide feats of circus art that reach breathtaking heights of skill.” And just when you think you have seen it all, the highly skilled-roller skating duo takes center stage with gravity defying feats of strength. All these and more surprises complete a marvelous and totally exciting evening for theatre going “youngsters” from nine to ninety-two…As CBS News once reported “FANTASTIC!”
Over the years, company members of THE PEKING ACROBATS have toured throughout Europe, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Monte Carlo, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Israel and, of course, extensively in the United States. The tremendous response of the audience is a testament to the popularity of their unique brand of artistry, which transcends time to the delight of people of all ages!
Training to become one of the members of THE PEKING ACROBATS and THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS begins at an early age. It is a family affair, and begins almost before the child can walk. Those who watch their parents contort, leap, and sail through the air from the time they are able to see, obviously take it for granted that they will, in time, do the same – and they invariably do. Formal lessons and training begin at the age of five or six, when observation has already become a fantastic teacher.
Those who have seen THE PEKING ACROBATS performing at any of their previous appearances can be assured that with the welcome addition of THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS, they will see new, exciting acts and innovative twists on old favorites at every show! Each new movement or action takes many years to practice and perfect. It is telling that the Chinese Acrobatic tradition just gets stronger, due to the continued innovation of the artists and the endless enthusiasm from their adoring public. These artistic innovations, combined with high-tech production values create a thrilling entertainment experience that Western audiences want to enjoy again and again!
During a performance by THE PEKING ACROBATS featuring THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS, over 2,000 years of tradition, perfection, and spectacle appears before your very eyes – are you ready to be amazed?
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