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Golden Dragon Acrobats Will Amaze at TPAC

Thursday, April 06, 2006


 

WYE MILLS – Audiences of all ages are thrilled by the daring Golden Dragon Acrobats. The troupe will perform for a local audience on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Rufus and Loraine Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

For more than twenty-seven centuries Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the "longest running" folk art form in history. In China, acrobats are revered much the same way prima ballerinas and opera singers are in the West. The performers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats have become the world´s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, performing more than any other company. Director of the troupe, world-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine their expertise, love of their art, and life-long discipline in producing tours for the GDA.

Their dedication has brought their company from Cangzhou, Hebei province in China, around the world to all 50 states and over 65 countries on five continents, including performances at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Germany´s Elspe Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Caesar´s Palace in Atlantic City, and the Seattle Children´s Festival. With performers trained in the rigorous art of Chinese acrobats since early youth, the GDA have garnered international acclaim. The group counts among its awards seven National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Entertainer of the Year Awards and the Campus Activities Today´s Performers of the Year Award.

Now marking their 28th year of continuous touring in the U.S., the members of the GDA are actors, athletes, and artists, with an unmistakable love for their art. Their spellbinding feats of physical daring and grace, enhanced by elaborate traditional costumes in brilliant colors and a combination of ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques, continue to enthrall audiences of all ages.

Funding for this performance was provided, in part, by the Queen Anne´s County Arts Council and the Maryland Arts Council. Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, please call 410-827-5867.

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