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Cirque Ziva Brings World Tour To Socorro

Cirque Ziva Brings World Tour To Socorro

SOCORRO, N.M. – The New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series welcomes The Golden Dragon Acrobats in “Cirque Ziva,” an evening of spellbinding artistry and amazing athletics, on Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Macey Center.

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Cirque Ziva will perform at Macey Center on Tuesday, March 7.

 

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The Chinese Acrobats have performed all over the world to critical acclaim. 

 

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Families are invited to Tech Club Macey for popcorn, cotton candy and other carnival snacks before the show, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., free to all.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began many centuries ago. They are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.

The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

The ancient art of acrobatics has developed into one of China's most popular art forms. As well as evolving into many forms of performance - dance, opera, martial arts and sports - acrobatics has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations. The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, to portray their hard-working nature and set forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.

The group’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and began performing with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs.

In November 2005, the Golden Dragon Acrobats made their Broadway debut to a sold out audience at the New Victory Theater, New York's ultimate theater for kids and families. Their Broadway run over the next six weeks led to adoration and standing ovations from audiences of all ages and universal critical acclaim from the New York press. The run was highlighted by the Golden Dragons receiving two most prestigious New York Drama Desk nominations – Danny Chang for Unique Theatrical Experience and Angela Chang for Best Choreography.

Performing feats on chairs stacked 10 stories high; the Golden Dragons have traveled around the world to all 50 states and to over 65 countries on five continents. The members of the current touring company, hailing from Hebei, China, have performed in all 48 lower U.S. states within the last four years to sold-out audiences in nearly every major market in the country. The Golden Dragons remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States.

Today, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have been recognized as the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company in the United States. As the director and the producer, Danny Chang has built a solid reputation based on his talents as both an acrobatic performer and artistic director. Every year, along with the choreographer, also his wife, Angela Chang, attend different acrobatic competitions to constantly select the most elite performers to join the Golden Dragon Acrobats.

"When the Golden Dragon Acrobats come to town, the wonders stack up," reviews The New York Times. "Cathedrals of contortionists in backbend rise before your eyes, body by body. Human obstacles, which tumblers flip over, widen in person-size increments. The thrill is escalation. These touring acrobats from China know how to keep topping themselves."

Local sponsors of the performance are the First State Bank, New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association and Student Government Association, and IRIS-PASSCAL Instrument Center.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, $10 for those 17 and under, and FREE for current Tech students. Tickets are available online at www.nmtpas.org, at the Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce (10am-3pm, M-F), Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, by calling 575-835-5688 or at the door.

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