Contributed by the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 30, 2013 – “The Peking Acrobats [are]pushing the envelope of human possibility … pure artistry!” raves The New York Post about these gifted Chinese artists who appear for the first time at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Boasting appearances that include NBC’s New Year’s Holiday Special, a television special with Ellen DeGeneres and the hit film, “Ocean’s 11,” The Peking Acrobats have also collaborated with prestigious symphony orchestras across the United States. Now, the ensemble showcases this ancient art form with acts including juggling, tumbling, magic and more, which are as fresh and awe-inspiring to today’s audiences as they were thousands of years ago. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.
The ancient art of Chinese acrobatics dates back as early as the Ch’in Dynasty (221 B.C.-207 B.C.). According to Fu Quifeng, author of “Chinese Acrobatics Through the Ages,” acrobatics originated from daily life, drawing from people’s experiences in work, war and sacrificial rites; the art form became widespread during the Han Dynasty (207 B.C.-220 A.D.) when the juggling, tumbling and magic acts became known as the “Hundred Entertainments.” Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty presented the first grand acrobatic performance at the Imperial Court, which marked the first time in Chinese history that the art form was presented for diplomatic purposes. Today, numerous acrobatic troupes across China have worked to preserve this unique art form and help it reach new audiences.
“Amazing … stunning … breathtaking … and WOW!” said the Seattle Times about The Peking Acrobats, who have brought their spellbinding performances and breathtaking feats to audiences across the globe. The ensemble has appeared on “The Wayne Brady Show,” NBC’s “Ring in the New Year” Holiday Special, Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous,” “Ellen’s Really Big Show” hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and “Guinness Book Primetime,” in which they set the world record for the Human Chair Stack, where they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs 21 feet above the ground. Members of The Peking Acrobats also appeared in Steven Soderburgh’s blockbuster film “Ocean’s 11” starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, while alumnus Qin Shaobo also appeared in its sequels, “Ocean’s 12” and “Ocean’s 13”; the company also performed at the Hollywood premiere of “Ocean’s 13” in 2007. In addition to an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the baton of John Mauceri (in which The Peking Acrobats’ musicians played traditional Chinese instruments), the ensemble has performed with some of North America’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor
Tickets for THE PEKING ACROBATS are $48, $40 and $32. Family Friendly: performance is suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visitHyltonCenter.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 atFacebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.
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.
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