acrobats tumble onto campus
acrobats have thrilled audiences for more than 2,700 years - and
you thought Cats had a long run. The internationally renowned Chinese
Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring this ancient form of entertainment
to the California State University, Sacramento campus at 7:30 p.m.
on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27 and 28 at the University Union Ballroom.
For centuries, Chinese acrobats, dancers and magicians have entertained
at imperial courts and ceremonial carnivals dating back to the Han
Dynasty, making it one of the oldest continuing folk traditions
in the world. The art of Chinese acrobatics is centered on a philosophy
of inner strength and harmony known as Chi Kung and it began with
farm families who practiced juggling during their relatively idle
These families used whatever objects were available in their homes
- cups and saucers, plates on rods, tables and chairs - whatever
could be tossed, twirled or spun. They even used each other, tossing
and stacking one another to form gravity-defying human pyramids,
walls and towers. They eventually added elaborate, colorful costumes
made of hand-embroidered silk to enhance the spectacle.
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this revered
tradition, mixing breathtaking acrobatics, traditional dance and
dazzling costumes with ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques.
Their showmanship has captivated audiences in more than 65 countries
around the world.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for CSUS students and
children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket
Office at (916) 278-4323 and at www.tickets.com.
For media assistance, contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.