With their award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, and spectacular costumes, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 27.
Tickets, priced at $40, $36, and $25 for adults, $20 for youth 17 and under, and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522. Tickets are also available at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form.
In November 2005 the Golden Dragon Acrobats made their Broadway debut to a sold-out audience at the New Victory Theatre. Their Broadway run over the next six weeks led to adoration and standing ovations from audiences of all ages and universal critical acclaim from the New York press. The run was highlighted by the Golden Dragons receiving two prestigious New York Drama Desk nominations -- Danny Chang for Unique Theatrical Experience and Angela Chang for Best Choreography.
Hailing from Hebei, China, the Golden Dragons have traveled around the world to all 50 states and to over 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragons remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States.
An Art Form Beyond Compare
The ancient art of Chinese acrobatics is an old and long-running tradition that began in China well over 2,000 years ago. Over its rich history, it has developed as one of the most popular art forms among the Chinese people. While many historical records provide evidence for the development of Chinese acrobatics as far back as the Xia Dynasty (4,000 years ago), it is most commonly held that the art form did not become wildly popular until approximately 2,500 years ago when it began to capture the attention of the country's powerful emperors.
During the Warring States Period (475-221 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.
During the Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD), these rudimentary acts of acrobatics developed into the "Hundred Plays." More contents and varieties were quick to develop. 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 slowly began to become much more precise and amazing.
Since these early times, acrobatics have evolved into many forms of performance, including dance, opera, martial arts, and sports. However, the impact of Chinese acrobatics goes far beyond the boundaries of performance. It has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations, including the United States.The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, as it portrays the hard-working nature of their people and sets forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 2 p.m.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA