For the past 30 years, The Peking Acrobats have been astonishing audiences all over the world and they return once again for their Gala 30th Anniversary Tour and the Year of the Monkey Celebration as part of the UW World Series at Meany Hall.
The Peking Acrobats, from the People’s Republic of China, will once again impress spectators with their ancient form of artistry. Their performance includes daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, trick-cycling and precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They are famous for defying gravity with amazing acts of contortion, flexibility and control. A display of high-tech special effects will entertain audiences along with live musicians with traditional Chinese instruments.
The history of Chinese acrobatics, dates back over two thousand years and their North American tour is perfectly timed to premiere the Chinese New Year which begins on February 8, 2016, the 4713th Chinese Year! The Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, originated during the Shang Dynasty and marks the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. The date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar and falls between January 21 and February 20. The year 2016 is the Year of the Red Monkey. (The Chinese apply the Five Elements into the Chinese calendar; Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. 2016 is the color of fire, which is connected to Red. The monkey is the animal of 2016, therefore, 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year.) The holiday is a worldwide festival for, “a sixth of the globe” and lasts for 15 days.
Learn more about the local Lunar New Year Celebration on February 13, 2016 on the International District’s Facebook event page.
The Peking Acrobats, 30th Anniversary Tour in Seattle
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Where: Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (4140 George Washington Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105)