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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 9, 2005

(Mahwah) – The Peking Acrobats, a 26-member troupe of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, gymnasts and clowns bring their gravity-defying feats to the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey for two performances on Saturday, March 5 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

The renowned Chinese troupe highlights the roots of its art and its members’ high-level acrobatic skills by incorporating items commonly in use two thousand years ago, including jugs, plates, drinking vessels, sticks, hoops and straps.

The Peking Acrobats perform a variety of unusual feats–daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, treacherous wire walking, and a trick cycling kaleidoscope of magnificent movement. Their show appeals to children and adults, featuring powerful precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics, displays of contortion, flexibility and control, foot juggling dexterity and balancing. The art of acrobatics in China dates back to the Ch’in Dynasty (225 – 207 B.C.). The performance also features a group of musicians who play traditional Chinese instruments, creating the atmosphere of a Chinese carnival.

Tickets for the performance are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $15 for youth. The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. For more information, call 201.684.7844. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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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