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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on September 1, 2010 at 6:18 am
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Golden Dragon Acrobats from China Visit DC

Breathtaking Chinese acrobats, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will be performing at Wolf Trap on September 18th.

Formed in 1967, the troupe has performed in 65 countries and across the US and annually performs over 200 shows, making them one of the world’s  leading traditional Chinese acrobatic troupes.

Golden Dragon Acrobats The troupe of roughly 20 performers present an exciting 2-hour show that highlights acrobatic skills that blend ancient skills with modern gymnastics accompanied by a range of music, from tribal drums to modern rock and hip-hop.

Lavish costumes blended with award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, and spectacular costumes, mixed with ancient and contemporary theater  that translates into a show for all cultures and ages.  With breathtaking skills and beauty, performers bend like rubber, balance like there’s no gravity, and build a 10-person human pyramid on moving bicycles seemingly effortlessly.   The  impossible becomes possible, although still unbelievable.

The acrobat that builds a 30-foot tower of teetering chairs while climbing higher and higher is one of the highlights of the show.   Umbrella, jar, ball, hat and even table juggling, plate spinning, and teeter board balancing are blended with contortions, ballet, acrobatics and more.

The origins of Chinese acrobatics dates back to Xia Dynasty about 4,000 years ago.  It was initially a folk art, not preformed for royalty.  It continued to evolve into the art of acrobatics or “the Hundred Tricks.”  By the 7th century, performing skills had much improved and performances were regular occurrences at the imperial court.

Chinese Circus Acrobats on Bike Performers today use a strict master-apprentice system, allowing younger acrobats, often starting as young as 4 years old, to learn from more seasoned performers.

The ancient performance art evolved and became part of the modern culture exchange between China and western nations.  It is today considered a treasure of the traditional Chinese performing art reflecting the rich traditions of Chinese culture.

Currently, over 120 acrobatic troupes have been established in all of the regions and provinces of China, with many touring nationally or globally.

Golden Dragon AcrobatsWolf  Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia (map)

Date and Time – Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets – Reserved seats $25.00 – $38.00.  Lawn tickets – $15.00. Tickets are available online, by phone 877-965-3872 or at the Wolf Trap box office.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – West Falls Church – Orange line, then take the Wolf Trap shuttle bus for $5.00 round trip, or $4.50 with a Metro SmarTrip card.  Exact fare is required for the shuttle bus.

Parking – Free parking in the park’s multiple parking lots.

Images – Flickracrobats, Wikimedia – bicycle

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