Awesome Fun! National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China



Image: Acrobats3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2011*
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

*this is a date change from listing originally published in seasonal brochure

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts continues its 2011-2012 "Awesome Fun" Series with two spectacular performances by the National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2011. The 3 p.m. show is a 60-minute matinee performance with tickets priced at $30, $25, and $20. The 7 p.m. show is a two hour performance with tickets at $40, $35, and $30.

Direct from Beijing, The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China (China National Acrobatic Troupe) has performed extensively throughout the world. It was the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government of the People's Republic of China in 1950. The Company's repertoire includes a myriad of national and international Gold Prize winning acts, such as "Slack Wire" (Presidential Gold Award at the 24th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris), "Diabolo" (Presidential Gold Award at the 26th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris), "Pagoda of Bowls" (Golden Clown Award at the 28th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival), among others. The Company's performances have received sensational reviews both at home and abroad for numbers such as "China Soul," "Reverie," "Acrobatic Spectacular" and "Splendid".

Image: AcrobatsBased in Beijing, China, the Company owns and operates the Institution for Acrobatic Schooling, Training and Repertoire, which houses over 150 Acrobatic resident performers and more than 500 Acrobatic Students of all ages. Funded by a special grant from the Beijing Municipality, the Company annually invests in new productions and acrobatic science research as well as in the training facilities of the center. With its dedication to the improvement and renewing of acrobatic standards, the Institution for Acrobatic Schooling, Training and Repertoire has become one of the largest acrobatic and circus arts centers in the world.

The Company's evening program includes "In the Moonlight" combining classical ballet and acrobatic hand-to-hand balancing, "Joyful Songs & Tunes" with amazingly balanced spinning plates, "Flying Meteors," a modernized tumbling display based on an ancient Chinese acrobatic act from at least 2,000 years ago, "Drizzling Evenfall" with simultaneously juggled umbrellas, and "Wings of the Wind" featuring breathtaking bicycle skills.

Image: AcrobatsThe National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China, led by Ms. Zhang Hong, General Director, and Mrs. Sun Lili, Artistic Director, has toured abroad to over forty countries including Israel, Finland, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Costa Rica, Russia, and throughout Europe. In 2011, the Company makes its inaugural tour of the United States and Canada.

Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 27, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 71