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DIRECT FROM BEIJING, THE NATIONAL CIRCUS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA PRESENTS "CIRQUE CHINOIS"

September 10, 2012
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DIRECT FROM BEIJING,

THE NATIONAL CIRCUS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

PRESENTS

“CIRQUE CHINOIS” 

APPEARING AT

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

AND THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX AND MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 10, 2012 – The first records of the Chinese circus date back more than 2,000 years ago to the Qin Dynasty, but this spellbinding art form is believed to have been created a millennium earlier. Though the origins are debatable, the ancient Chinese knew the circus as the “show of a hundred tricks.” Audiences in the greater Washington, D.C. area will have the opportunity to witness many astounding feats – including Grand Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, balancing acts, juggling and more – when one of China’s most acclaimed and influential circus troupes brings its inaugural North American tour to two venues in Northern Virginia this fall.

Direct from Beijing, The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China presents its spectacular new production, “Cirque Chinois,” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. as part of the Center’s Great Performances at Mason season. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders, will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. These performances are a part of the 2012-2013 Global View series at the Center for the Arts, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

The troupe also appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 4 p.m. as part of its Hylton Presents season. A pre-performance discussion will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Prince William Hospital is the 2012-2013 season sponsor of the Hylton Presents season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.  

Founded in 1953, this celebrated circus troupe is revered across China and has received numerous prestigious awards at international circus festivals, including the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, Cirque de Demain and the China National Acrobatic Competition. Direct from Beijing, The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has had a profound influence on the world circus society through its introduction of the “non-animal circus,” which prompted the pioneers of the Cirque du Soleil to invite the company’s coaches to teach Cirque du Soleil performers their acts, resulting in a revolutionary new program called “Circus Reinvented!” In addition, the company’s flying trapeze troupe has been invited to perform with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The ensemble owns the famous Wuhan Circus Center in China, which is home to the biennial Wuhan International Circus Festival.

  

HSBC Bank is the 2012-2013 Global View Series Sponsor

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts 

 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Prince William Hospital as the

2012-2013 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

                                                       

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

Tickets for “CIRQUE CHINOIS” are $24, $40 and $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for “CIRQUE CHINOIS” are $32, $40 and $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs. 


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.