Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sat., Feb. 2, 2008 - 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2008 - 5 p.m.
Just in time for the Chinese New Year, these talented artists demonstrate why they're considered the world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe - bending like rubber, creating human pyramids on moving bicycles, standing on chairs stacked eight stories high - tricks that leave audiences saying, "How'd they do that?"
Direct from Hebei, China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats feature jugglers, contortionists, and prize-winning acrobats, some who are still in their teens. The show takes skills that date back to ancient times and contemporizes them for the modern age. The music ranges from hip-hop to tribal drums, the costumes a warrior's sash to a sleek dancer's leotard. Whether they're tossed in the air like a pizza, balancing chandeliers or leaning at a 45 degree angle, the performers share one common thread: a complete lack of fear.
The impact of Chinese acrobatics goes far beyond the boundaries of performance as it has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations including the United States. These citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, portraying the hard working nature of their people and offering an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture. The Golden Dragons remind us that we belong to the same world and share the same aspirations and dreams.
The company made their Broadway debut November 2005 to sold-out crowds at the New Victory Theater. Their six-week Broadway run led to adoration and standing ovations from audiences of all ages. They received universal acclaim from the New York Press and were nominated for two prestigious New York Drama Desk awards-Danny Chang for Unique Theatrical Experience and Angela Chang for Best Choreography.
The New York Post writes, "Juggling everything from umbrellas to soccer balls and with props as varied as ladders and giant spinning wheels - the performers show just why they're world famous."
The 2007-2008 season marks the Golden Dragon Acrobats' 29th year of continuous touring in the United States. They have traveled to all 50 states and over 65 countries on five continents, including performances at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City.
Founded in 1979, Centre East brings the finest professional music, dance, comedy, and family programs to the Chicago area. A resident presenter of The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Centre East is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd., at the intersection of Skokie Blvd. and Golf Road. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 847-673-6300 or visiting www.centreeast.org .
Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
Centre East at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Sat., 2pm & 5pm