Cirque D'Or

Chinese acrobats take over Williams.

The Golden Chinese Acrobats have a variety of to show their wonderfully balanced talent.

Their Cirque D’Or will take place Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Williams Auditorium.

“The Golden Dragon Acrobats (GDA) represents the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty seven centuries ago. [We are] directly from Hebei, China; our company has traveled around the world to all 50 states and to over 65 countries on five continents,” according to its web site goldendragonacrobats.com.

The GDA has won several major awards for their talented members and well-performed shows. Some awards include the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Entertainer of the Year Award and the Campus Activities Today’s Performer of the Year Award.

All 16 cast members go through intense training for each of their shows. All started doing acrobatics since an early age. Since acrobatics have been an ancient art form in China for over 2,000 years, it’s hard to believe these members haven’t been improving their talent since youth.

As its Web site states, acrobatics have proved to have been developed as far back as the Xia Dynasty (4,000 years ago), but it did not become widely know until about 2,500 years ago when powerful emperors took interest in the art form.

“Acrobatics have evolved into many various forms of popular performance including dance, opera, wushu, and sports. However, the impact of Chinese acrobatics goes beyond the boundaries of the stage as it plays an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations, such as the United States,” according to its web site.

The GDA will give a show of a lifetime here and plans to show us how calm, balanced and peaceful acrobatics are to the eyes of the audience.

It’s something people should not try at home.

For more information on the company, visit goldendragonacrobats.com. For more information about the event contact eu@ferris.edu or x2610.