January 21, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Peking Acrobats from the People's Republic of China will perform at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Hart Auditorium.

Since 1958, this elite group has toured the world, leaving audiences spellbound by its graceful presentation of the ancient folk art of acrobatics. Carefully selected from the finest acrobat schools in China, these gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers transform 2,000-year-old athletic disciplines into an all-ages kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder.

The Peking Acrobats is the largest group of its kind and includes live musical accompaniment from an exotic Chinese orchestra. Because of the unusual and difficult nature of the feats involved, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats in China.

In China there are approximately 100,000 acrobats studying at schools dedicated to the art. After 10 or 11 years of extensive tutoring, often beginning with students five or six years old, students join a professional troupe, usually a citywide organization that draws its members regionally. Only the best acrobats become members of an elite world-touring troupe such as The Peking Acrobats.

For centuries, dating back to the Ch'in Dynasty, Chinese acrobats have continued to perfect the evolving folk art form. Tradition demands that each generation of acrobats add its own improvements and embellishments. Each new movement or action takes many years to practice and perfect.

Tickets for this Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $16 for the general public and $8 for BYU-Idaho students and employees. An extra pre-show dinner can also be purchased for $16. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-2230, or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.