(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 19, 2000
(Mahwah) — The Peking Acrobats, a troupe of 26 of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, bicyclists, gymnasts, and live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments will ring in the millennium by bringing their 2,000 year-old tradition of acrobatics to North America for an extensive 50-city tour. They will perform in the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.
Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, treacherous wire walking, trick cycling, powerful precision tumbling and gymnastics showcase tremendous skill and ability and produce all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese carnival. The Peking Acrobats played to sold-out houses and earned rave reviews during their previous tours from 1986 through 1999. A review in the Los Angeles Times stated, “The Peking Acrobats regularly passed from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable.”
A performance by the Peking Acrobats presents the opportunity to view the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition in addition to the pageantry and spectacle of a Chinese circus. The ability to perform the astounding is rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art. Records of acrobatic acts can be found as early as the Ch’in Dynasty (225-207 B.C.). Acrobatics originated from the people’s daily life, drawing from their experiences in work, war and sacrificial rites. During the Warring States Period, acrobatics became widespread and during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.) acrobatics flourished and the wide variety of juggling, tumbling and magic acts came to be known as the “Hundred Entertainments.” It was during this time that Emperor Wu Di presented the first grand acrobatic performance at the Imperial Court.
Today, professional acrobatic troupes travel throughout China bringing their own unique costumes, stage props and acrobatic styles to factories, villages, army units, remote areas and frontier outposts. As we enter the new millennium, the Chinese acrobatic tradition just gets stronger, due to the continued innovation of the artists and the endless enthusiasm from the public.
The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Tickets are: $15 general admission; $10 seniors, Ramapo faculty/staff and Friends of Ramapo; $5 students. For more information, please call (201) 684-7888.
Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.
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