The Amazing Peking Acrobats at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
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The last date listed for The Peking Acrobats was Saturday April 15, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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“It’s like watching ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ LIVE, without camera tricks creating special effects. All 26 members of this troupe are amazing athletes with grace and charisma in addition to their razor-sharp precision -everything entertainment should be!” -Dance Insider
“The Peking Acrobats regularly passed from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable.” —Los Angeles Times
“It is the special artistry of some of the performers that takes what could be a gymnastic and athletic display into high-class entertainment.” -New York Times
Welcome to the magnificent world of The Peking Acrobats! Here, the impossible is made possible, and “daring” only begins to describe the performance of these amazing artists. The Peking Acrobats are comprised of the finest acrobatic troupes in China today, and they have received acclaim from countries around the world. An outgrowth of the Great China Circus, popular during the 1920s, this group became an integrated professional acrobatic company in 1958.
Many of the magnificent feats you will see onstage today, despite their sophistication have been performed since ancient times as the history of Chinese acrobatics with its rich tradition dates back more than 2000 years. It began with folk arts: tumbling, juggling ordinary household objects and balancing.
Originally, court entertainments involving acrobatics were formal and monotonous — quite the opposite of the lively, folk arts of the people. Eventually, however, the excitement of the acrobat’s amazing feats caught and held the attention of the ruling class, and acrobatic performers were routinely invited to the court to entertain and impress visiting dignitaries. The varied acts of tumbling, singing, dancing and juggling became known as The Hundred Entertainments during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). And of course, the acrobatic arts have always maintained their popularity with the people. Today an acrobat in China is considered an artist. Generations of families carry on this highly acclaimed and popular tradition. Children begin training at a young age and adhere to a rigorous training schedule which they follow for the rest of their lives.
The Peking Acrobats have traveled the world, sharing their special brand of enchantment with a global audience. They have played to sold-out houses and earned rave reviews and have appeared on many television specials, and they set the world record for the Human Chair Stack on Fox’s Guinness Book Primetime show, where they astounded the audience with their bravery and dexterity as they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs — 21 feet up in the air without safety lines. They have been featured in the hit film Ocean’s Eleven, directed by Steven Soderbergh, where they worked with such silver screen luminaries as Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Company members also appear in that film’s sequel, Ocean’s Twelve.
It is with much pride and pleasure that The Peking Acrobats embark on their twentieth North American Tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy as our performers reveal to you their mastery of an ancient art form, thousands of years in the making.