CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 8, 2014 – The National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China will kick off the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus 2014-2015 Touring Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.
“It’s not often that we see a company which has both an established track record of presenting a traditional art form, but also has set the standard for a new incarnation. This is the Chinese circus – a magnificent blend of the old and the new. You will be truly astounded,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Direct from Beijing, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Internationally acclaimed, the company has won over 20 gold and silver medals, having toured to 80 countries around the world. During the 1980s, the Company’s contributions to the circus world influenced the pioneers of “Cirque de Soleil.” This amazing company’s Cape Girardeau performance is an once-in-a-lifetime event, not to be missed.
For seven decades, the National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been astonishing people of all ages. Included in the program are one-of-a-kind acts such as the great teeterboard, grand flying trapeze, group contortion, straw hats juggling, girls balancing with bowls and many other exquisite performances.
Its most notable contribution came during the 1980s when the company started to change the concept of the animal circus to a new style of non-animal circus, which influenced the pioneers of the Cirque de Soleil. Artists from the National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China coached performers of the Cirque de Soleil, teaching them the acts such as balancing chairs, bicycle and Chinese poles, culminating in the revolutionary program “Circus Reinvented.”
Many of the performers have won international awards, including Li Liping, the first Golden Clown winner from China at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.