The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary Tour, Jan. 23 (2 Showtimes!)

Posted on January 22, 2016, 11:46 am
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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)

Learn more about the performance. $50-$55. Buy tickets online. Need additional help? Call 206-543-4880 or 800-859-5342 or email:


Lois Castelli-Leff is a Long Island transplant, 28 years in Seattle. She has a degree in fashion merchandising from FIT and BA in textiles and merchandising from SUNY at Oneonta. Her work experience includes fashion sales and styling at Macy's NYC and Nordstrom. She held regional sales executive position at both Perry Ellis and Anne Klein and has an extensive background in showroom sales, trade shows and fashion show production. Her community service includes serving as an art docent through the Frye Art Museum and speech coach at Our Lady of Fatima, choreographer for the Magnolia Theatre, and is a member of the Katie McKay Circle. Lois founded her business, Senti, in 2010 producing glass crosses. She has three beautiful children and a dog, Baci.