Guelph, ON March 19, 2014 – The Peking Acrobats – known for pushing the envelope of human possibility – return to River Run Centre’s Main Stage on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the RBC Showcase series.
This troupe is comprised of some of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts. Accompanied by live musicians performing traditional Chinese music, the performers demonstrate the incredible skills of balance and dexterity that have been passed down through generations in a tradition that dates back over 2,000 years. Their physical feats are executed with true artistry, making the show a jaw-dropping spectacle from start to finish.
This marks The Peking Acrobats’ 28th tour of North America. Their current lineup includes some their most popular acrobatics, as well as many new numbers, ensuring that audience members – even those who may have seen the group perform before – will be in for something new. Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; trick cycling; powerful precision tumbling and foot juggling are but a few of the astonishing feats of dexterity, agility, balance and grace that will astound audiences.
Chinese acrobats have been performing their art since 221 BC, with each new generation adding its own improvements and embellishments. Because of the unusual and difficult nature of the feats involved, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats; an acrobat can be considered the Chinese equivalent of an American opera star. In China there are approximately 100,000 acrobats studying at schools dedicated to the art. After ten or eleven years of extensive training, often beginning as early as age 5 or 6, the student will join a professional troupe, usually a citywide organization that draws its members regionally. Only the best acrobats find themselves members of an elite world-touring troupe such as The Peking Acrobats.
Tickets start at $44 for adults and $42 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at riverrun.ca
Ella Pauls | Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589