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Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
At the corner of Civic Dr. and Locust St. 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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11 events
9 reviews
3 stars
Don't get Balcony seating. Too high up.
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57 reviews
25 stars
The weather was pleasant.. I wore jeans, nice top, and a leather jacket..
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"New Shanghai Circus"
11 ratings
4.6 average rating
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10 events
1 review
4 stars
attended Feb 11 2013

Four stars for the performers. They were amazing, but the event has deafeningly loud poor music and the auditorium was hot and poorly ventilated, which made the performance difficult to enjoy. Unfortunately, instead of leaving in awe and...continued

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10 reviews
4 stars
attended Feb 11 2013

The show was more of an acrobatic display of athletism rather than a circus. The show was very entertaining and especially good for young children.

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5 events
4 reviews
0 stars
attended Feb 11 2013

First class show, my 8 yr old granddaughter (and I also) really enjoyed it. This was better than you might see on a China tour since rather than being only an element in a larger show of dance and music, or a part of an opera, this was focused on...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Everyone was delighted with the skill poise, charm and flourish…a very entertaining show…2,000 kids and their parents assembled for the Boston debut of the New Shanghai Circus.”—The Boston Globe* *

  • **"Fantastic."—CBS News


Acts you will see at the show include: 

Contortionism: Using strength and balance, contortionists gracefully bend themselves into beautiful and bewildering positions. The contortion girl bends her body imitating the growing of lotus, showing the softness and gentleness of the human form.

Foot Juggling: Performers use their feet to juggle rugs, jars, umbrellas and even a table. **

Kung Fu:* Acrobats tumble, flip, jump, kick and create intricate poses reminiscent of Chinese martial arts. *

Slack Wire:* A performer bounces on an elastic tight rope, while executing flips and turns in the air then plays with a hula-hoop while riding a unicycle on the wire: Stunning!  *

Chinese Yo-Yo** ensemble exhibits exquisite skills – they catapult their yo-yos above the stage, do flips and recover their toys – outfitted in stunning costumes.

Hoop Divers: The male hoop divers take it to the extreme by diving through hoops that are in motion.

Seesaw: A simple schoolyard seesaw, or springboard, is the vehicle that catapults a young lady from the board through the air to the shoulders of an acrobat standing atop shoulders three people high.

Jar Juggler: The young** jar juggler uses only his back and shoulders holding a huge jar, also catches it on the edge atop his head. *

Strap climbing**: This type of acrobatics shares a lot with gymnastics and martial arts, with long term physical and mental training and great bravery, the strap climbers make incredible human statues on the stage.