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Cirque Zuma Zuma Brings African Culture To Socorro

SOCORRO, N.M. April 6, 2016 – Filed those taxes yet? Even if you haven’t, ease your mind and treat yourself and the family to the ultimate “African circus” experience when Cirque Zuma Zuma bursts onto the stage at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center on Friday, April 15.

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Cirque Zuma Zuma will perform Saturday, April 16, in Socorro.

 

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The Performing Arts Series event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Preceding the performance, Tech Club-Club Macey (TCCM) will host a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring safari stir fry with veggies and rice for patrons age 21 and over.

Under the umbrella of African Acrobats International, Inc., Cirque Zuma Zuma is a spectacular display of percussive rhythms and mind-blowing acrobats and contortionists in a synchronized show sure to amaze and entertain audiences of all ages.

Drum beats and chanting herald the grand entrance of the performers as they dance and cavort on stage. These talented men and women reflect years of intensive training as they bend and twist their bodies in a fascinating display of flexibility and strength.

“People are going to be absolutely amazed at what the human body is capable of doing,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “The performance showcases the music, dance and ritual of the ultimate African circus – mystery, magic and excitement.”

African culture has influenced a wide variety of musical styles including the modern samba, blues, jazz, reggae, hip hop and rock. Africa, the second-largest and second-most-populous continent, is home to the Nile and Congo rivers along with lush forests and miles of arid desert.

“Cirque Zuma Zuma reflects the richness of African culture encapsulated on stage through a variety of entertainment genres,” Kalish said. “The show is non-stop action from the opening drum beats, sure to keep the audience breathless.”

            The show includes performances of different types of African culture, including:

  • A South African female vocalist
  • Limbo dance – “How low can you go?”
  • Female dancers from Africa
  • South African gumboot dancers
  • Amazing pole acts
  • Zuma Zuma Acrobats
  • Chair hand-stand balance performers from Tanzania
  • Comedy
  • Gabonese tumblers
  • Contortionists from Ethiopia
  • The Africa Africa Lion dance
  • Percussionists from Zimbabwe
  • Club juggling
  • Ethiopian foot table juggling

“This is one show you have to see to believe, and I highly recommend it as excellent family entertainment,” Kalish said. “For 90 minutes, you will be transported to a culture rich in history and mystery – and how great is that?”

Sponsors for Cirque Zuma Zuma are First State Bank, the New Mexico Tech Student Government Association (SGA), El Camino Restaurant & Lounge, EMRTC and Best Western.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech