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NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA PERFORM AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA
Friday, April 17, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., March 11, 2009 – Centuries ago, performers in China combined dramatic folk arts and variety shows with the cultural roots of their civilization, and using common objects as stage props, created an acrobatic art unique to their culture. Since 1956, the National Acrobats of China have continued this ancient tradition, which is every bit as thrilling as entertaining as it was 3,000 years ago. Executing daring feats with tables, chairs, ladders, poles, bowls and plates, the performers demonstrate their amazing flexibility, agility and extensive training, set to traditional Chinese music, as audiences gasp, laugh and hold their breath. This amazing acrobatic ensemble performs three shows at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
Led by Directors Tian Zichun and Yao Jianguo, the National Acrobats of China have become one of the most well-known and influential acrobatic troupes in the world, participating in national and international acrobatic competitions and festivals across the globe. The company has won many awards throughout the years, including the prestigious Golden Clown and Gold Lion awards. The National Acrobats of China have toured more than 30 countries around the world; and from 1997-2007, the company toured Europe for an average of seven months each year, performing in about 100 cities on each tour. The Center for the Arts is honored to bring back this incredible and breathtaking company, which last performed at the Center in during the 2004-2005 season, as part of its Great Performances at Mason series.
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.
Tickets for NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA are $46, $38, $23. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.