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The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Perform at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center
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The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Perform at
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at 4 p.m.
MANASSAS and FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 15, 2015 – Direct from Beijing, The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China brings four performances of its latest acrobatic spectacle, “Peking Dreams,” to the Northern Virginia area, appearing at the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. This jaw-dropping performance features the unparalleled grace and agility of some of the world’s most acclaimed acrobats, contortionists and jugglers.
Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts. The Friends of the Center for the Arts sponsor the pre-performance discussions at the Center for the Arts.
The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China 2015 tour of North America, “Peking Dreams,” features many impressive circuses and acrobatic acts including juggling hats, rings diving, acrobatics on bicycles, juggling umbrellas, unicycle tricks, and much more. The performance includes elements of the famous Peking Opera, a traditional stylized musical performance that merges opera and mime from the late 18th century. Peking - today known as Beijing - the capital of the People’s Republic of China, has a history spanning 1,000 years and a wealth of precious Chinese cultural heritage including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. “Peking Dreams” celebrates this rich culture and history with traditional circus acts including hula-hoops, high chair balancing, aerial silks, solo trapeze and lasso tricks. This production was performed for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and has been performed for more than 400,000 people in its 600 performances in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Since its founding in 1958, the troupe has become one of the most accomplished acrobatic troupes in the world, winning numerous national and international competitions. The company has represented China with performances in 50 countries and regions including Japan, the United States of America, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Singapore, Pakistan, Britain, France, Spain, South and North Korea, Indonesia, Colombia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This long-running troupe honors the rich tradition of Chinese circus that reaches back to the Qin Dynasty (225-207 B.C.). The group is praised for being instrumental in reviving the circus genre, and has directly influenced circuses around the world from Cirque du Soleil to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, similar to most Chinese circuses, relies completely on astounding human performing acts and is a non-animal performing company.
Ticket Information: Tickets to The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China “Peking Dreams” are $50, $43 and $30 per person. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Tickets are half price for children and youth through grade 12.
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Ticket Office
The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at cfa.gmu.edu. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Concert Hall and free parking is located in university Lot K.
The Hylton Performing Arts Center Ticket Office
The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Tickets available at the Hylton Performing Arts Center ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at HyltonCenter.org. Ticket office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center.
About George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA. 25th Anniversary Season hashtag: #GMUCFA25.
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, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like the Hylton Center on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.
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.
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