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Acrobats Blend Grace, Balance, Beauty and Strength as Part of Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series

October 12, 2011

     Chinese Acrobat
 

 
The National Acrobats
of the People's Republic of China

Monday, October 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN

  Tickets: $23-$27 for adults and $20 for students.There 
  are discounts for purchasing tickets for multiple 
  Performing Arts Series shows.

  Seating is reserved.  Purchase or reserve tickets through
  the Hatfield Hall ticket office by calling (812) 877-8544 or 
  visiting the box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday 
  through Friday.
  

Award winning acrobats will take the stage at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater this coming Monday, October 17 as The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China bring their stunningly beautiful show to Terre Haute during their inaugural U.S. tour. The company has toured abroad to over forty countries since its inception in 1950, but 2011 marks the first time ever for the group to tour throughout United States and Canada.

In a show that combines elaborate costumes, precision movements and traditional music, the acrobats mesmerize audiences with their feats of grace, balance and strength.  The company of 35 performers captures audiences with its displays of the best in Chinese martial arts, illusion, and acrobatics. Dramatic lighting and colorful costumes enhance the performance. "It's a real theatrical show-it's beautiful," states Hatfield Hall manager Bunny Nash.

The company's repertoire includes a myriad of International and National Gold Prize winning Acts, such as "Slack Wire" (Presidential Gold Award at the 24th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris), "Diabolo" (Presidential Gold Award at the 26th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris), "Pagoda of Bowls" (Golden Clown . . . Award at the 28th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival) and among others.

China has a long history of training and cultivating some of the most talented acrobats in the world, and The Acrobats of the People's Republic of China are no exception.  The in addition to performing, the troupe operates the Institution for Acrobatic Schooling, Training and Repertoire which has over 150 acrobatic resident performers and over 500 acrobatic students of all ages.

Funded by a special grant from the Beijing Municipality, the group invests each year in new productions and the development of new acrobatic feats and routines. The acrobats' training center in one of the largest acrobatic and circus arts centers in the world.

Nash explains that although there are domestic groups of Chinese-American acrobats who perform, this act, which comes direct from Beijing, is the official representative group from The People's Republic of China.

"They are the traditional troupe sanctioned by China.  They're the real deal," Nash says.

From plate-spinning to bowl-balancing, to cycling stunts, to dancing, tumbling and amazing acrobatic feats, The National Acrobats of China never cease to enthrall audiences around the globe.