Chinese acrobatics in Beaver Creek
Vail CO, Colorado
BEAVER CREEK ” “The Peking Acrobats [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility … Pure artistry!” according to the New York Post. They return to the stage in Beaver Creek for two encore performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Wednesday at 4:30 and 8 p.m.
Since their debut in 1986, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. These athletes perform wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with displays of contortion, flexibility and control.
Above all, the acrobats are agile and graceful. Often accompanied by live music and high-tech special effects, the full scale productions of The Peking Acrobats bring to the stage all the entertainment, excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.
The ability to perform such acrobatics is rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art. Records of acrobatic acts can be found as early as the Ch’in Dynasty (221 B.C. – 207 B.C.), and Chinese acrobats through the ages have continued to perfect what has become an evolving folk art form. Tradition demands that each generation of acrobats add its own improvements and embellishments.
Because of the unusual and difficult nature of the feats involved, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats; an acrobat can be considered the Chinese equivalent of an American opera star. It is telling that the Chinese acrobatic tradition grows stronger each year, thanks to continued innovation of the artists and enthusiasm from the public. The Peking Acrobats weave this rich and ancient folk art tradition together with today’s technology to present their show show.
The Seattle Times wrote “The Peking Acrobats [were] amazing ” and stunning, and breathtaking and WOW!”
Tickets for the Peking Acrobats are $30 for children and $40 for adults, and are available by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS(8497) or by visiting vilarpac.org.