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Golden Dragon Acrobats Bring Exciting Show to Macey

SOCORRO, N.M. September 26, 2014 – The Golden Dragon Acrobats’ tour of 2014-2015 began almost a year ago in New York City and will make a stop at Tech’s Macey Center in a Performing Arts Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, recognized in the U.S. and abroad as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago.    

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The Golden Acrobats perform the pink pyramid.

 

“We are truly excited to bring back this spectacular show to Socorro,” Kalish said. “In 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.

“This year’s tour also started in Manhattan,” she continued. “To be able to bring such high-caliber entertainment to our small town is a testament to all our PAS sponsors and supporters,” she said. “The performing arts are alive and growing in Socorro, and PAS is grateful and humbled to be a part of it.”
The Acrobats made their last appearance in Socorro in 2011 in a sold-out show.

“The Golden Dragon Acrobats generally perform to full houses in all 50 states and in more than 65 countries on five continents,” Kalish said. “We encourage everyone to buy their tickets early to ensure seating for this premier event.”

In addition, the first weekend in October draws visitors to town for several traditional events on Saturday, Oct. 4 – free tours at the VLA and the annual Octoberfest brats, burgers and music at the historic Hammel Museum.

“We’re hoping those planning to be in town for either of these events arrive a night early to treat themselves to a first-class performance for a fraction of what it would cost in a big-city venue,” Kalish added.

The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats were established by Lien Chi Chang in 1967 with his family which included Danny Chang, his sister and other students. From 1967 to 1984, Lien Chi led the company to numerous performances in different nations. The Acrobats dazzled audiences of all ages across the globe.

Danny Chang often traveled with his father’s Golden Dragon Acrobats, was later chosen by the National Acrobats Troupe of Republic of China to lead the various world tours produced by the most prestige acrobat school in Taiwan.

While the Chinese acrobatic art form dates back as far as the Xia Dynasty (4000 years ago), it did not grain widespread popularity until some 2,500 years ago when it began to capture the attention of the country’s powerful emperors.

During the Warring States Period (475 BC - 221 BC), acrobatics in China began to evolve from the working lives of its people. Instruments of labor, such as tridents and wicker rings; and articles of daily use such as tables, chairs, jars, plates and bowls began to be used as performance props.

This form of entertainment and leisure eventually evolved into a form of performance that became recognizable to the Chinese people.

During the Han Dynasty (221 BC - 220 AD), these rudimentary acts of acrobatics developed into the “Hundred Plays.” Musical accompaniment was soon added to the performance, as interest in the art form grew among the emperors.

During the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD), the number of acrobats greatly increased as the skills of each individual performer became more precise.

Since these early times, acrobatics have evolved into many forms of performances including dance, opera, martial arts, and sports. However, the impact of Chinese acrobatics goes beyond the boundaries of performance, in serving a key role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations, including the United States.

The performance is sponsored by the New Mexico Tech Student Government Association, Wells Fargo, Associated Universities, Inc. (NRAO), EMRTC, El Camino Restaurant and Lounge and Best Western.

Tickets for the Golden Dragons Acrobats are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up, online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech