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February 13, 2023
7:30 PM
Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center
600 Park
Hays, KS 67601
Peking Acrobats
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FHSU Encore Series: Peking Acrobats featuring Shanghai Circus

Monday, February 13, 2023

For the last thirty-one years, THEPEKINGACROBATS® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs & display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, & gymnastics.

They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, & control. THE PEKING ACROBATS are often accompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments; the time-honored Chinese music coalesces with high-tech special effects & awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.

Since their founding in 1986, THE PEKING ACROBATS have been featured on numerous television shows & celebrity-studded TV specials. These include Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous ,Ellen’s Really Big Show(hosted by Ellen DeGeneres), The Wayne Brady Show, That’s Incredible, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, & NBC’s Ring In The New Year Holiday Special. They have also appeared on HDNetTV’s In Focus series, & have appeared regularly in 3D on NBC/Comcast’s new 3DChannel.THE PEKING ACROBATS set the world record for the Human Chair Stack on FOX Network’s Guinness Book Primetime television show in 1999: they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs twenty-one feet up in the air without safety lines, astounding audiences with their bravery & dexterity. THE PEKING ACROBATS have also made their way onto the silver screen–company members were featured in Steven Soderbergh’s hit film Ocean’s Eleven playingalongside Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, & George Clooney. PEKING ACROBATS’ alumnus Shaobo Qin also appeared in that film’s two sequels, Ocean’sTwelve & Ocean’sThirteen.

THE PEKING ACROBATS achieved another milestone in the fall of 2003, when they made their orchestral debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. They performed as part of the Hollywood Bowl’s Fireworks Season Finale, where the company blended their unique brand of acrobatics with the majestic sound of the 100-piece Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri. Since their Hollywood Bowl debut, THE PEKING ACROBATS have performed with many of the most prestigious Symphony Orchestras in North America today. These include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; & the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. THE PEKING ACROBATS return often to the Hollywood Bowl, where they perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as Special Guest Artists .

Over their thirty-one year career, THE PEKING ACROBATS have achieved international acclaim, dazzling audiences around the world. In February of 2005, THE PEKING ACROBATS premiered in Italy on a five-week, twelve-city tour. Their opening in Milan became a spectacular media event that was covered nationally by the Italian press. In city after city, THE PEKING ACROBATS took stage before sold-out crowds, & the reviews were filled with accolades attesting to their superb performances. Since their Italian debut, THE PEKING ACROBATS have performed in seven European countries on their six European Tours between 2005 & today..

THE PEKING ACROBATS are part of a time-honored Chinese tradition, rooted in centuries of Chinese history & folk art. Tradition demands that each generation of acrobats add its own improvements & embellishments; because of this, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats. THE PEKING ACROBATS seek to uphold this rich & ancient folk art tradition, bringing it to new technical heights while integrating twenty-first century technology. In the words of Clive Davis of the New York Post, “THE PEKING ACROBATS [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility,” combining agility & grace in remarkable feats of “pure artistry.”

Individual Ticket On-Sale Date: Monday, January 23, 2023 

Individual Ticket Prices (Reserved/Unreserved):

 Adult - $40/30; Senior Citizen - $35/25; Children                 & FHSU Students - $30/$20

 Tickets can be purchased at the Memorial Union Student Service Center, by calling 785-628-5306 or by navigating the ticket menu on this website.

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