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The Peking Acrobats


The Peking Acrobats
Wednesday May. 8, 2024 at 7:00pm
Akron Civic Theatre

For the last thirty twoyears,THE PEKING ACROBATS®have redefined audience perceptionsof Chinese acrobatics. They perform daringmaneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs anddisplay their technical prowess at such arts astrick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling,somersaulting, and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity withamazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. THE PEKING ACROBATS are oftenaccompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments; the time-honored Chinese music coalesces with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobaticfeats, creating an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.

Sincetheir founding in 1986, THE PEKING ACROBATShave been featured on numeroustelevision shows and celebrity-studded TV specials. These includeNickelodeon’sUnfabulous,Ellen’s Really Big Show(hosted by Ellen DeGeneres),The Wayne BradyShow,That’sIncredible, ABC'sWide World of Sports, and NBC'sRingIn TheNew YearHoliday Special. They have also appeared onHDNetTV'sInFocusseries, and have appearedregularly in 3D on NBC/Comcast's new 3D Channel.THE PEKING ACROBATSset the worldrecord for the Human Chair Stack on FOX Network'sGuinness Book Primetimetelevision showin 1999: they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs twenty one feet up in the airwithout safety lines, astounding audiences with their bravery and dexterity.THE PEKINGACROBATShave also made their way onto the silver screen–company members were featuredin StevenSoderbergh'shit filmOcean'sElevenplaying alongside Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt andGeorge Clooney. PEKING ACROBATS' alumnusShaoboQin also appeared in that film's twosequels,Ocean'sTwelveandOcean's Thirteen.

THE PEKING ACROBATS achieved another milestone in the fall of 2003, when they madetheir orchestral debut at the Hollywood Bowlin Los Angeles, CA. They performed as part of theHollywood Bowl’sFireworks Season Finale, where the company blended their unique brand ofacrobatics with the majestic sound of the 100-piece Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted byJohnMauceri. Since their Hollywood Bowl debut, THE PEKING ACROBATS have performedwith many of the most prestigious Symphony Orchestras in North America today. These includethe Atlanta Symphony Orchestra;the Ravinia Festival Orchestra,featuring members oftheChicago Symphony Orchestra;the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; the Cincinnati PopsOrchestra;theBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra;and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.THE PEKING ACROBATS return often to the Hollywood Bowl, where they perform with theHollywood Bowl Orchestra as Special Guest Artists.

Over their thirty-one year career, THE PEKING ACROBATS have achieved internationalacclaim, dazzling audiences around the world. In February of 2005,THE PEKINGACROBATSpremiered in Italy on a five-week, twelve-city tour. Their opening in Milan becamea spectacular media event that wascovered nationally by the Italian press. In city after city, THEPEKING ACROBATS took stage before sold-out crowds, and the reviews were filled withaccolades attesting to their superb performances. Since their Italian debut,THE PEKINGACROBATShave performed in seven European countries on their six European Tours between2005 and today.

THE PEKING ACROBATS are part of a time-honored Chinese tradition, rooted in centuries ofChinese history and folk art.Tradition demands that each generation of acrobatsadd its ownimprovements and embellishments; because of this, high honor is conferred upon those skilledenough to become acrobats. THE PEKING ACROBATS seek to uphold this rich and ancientfolk art tradition, bringing it to new technical heights while integrating twenty-first centurytechnology. In the words of Clive Davis of the New York Post, "THE PEKING ACROBATS[are] pushing the envelope of human possibility,” combining agility and grace in remarkablefeats of “pure artistry.”

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