‘Wonders stack up’ with Golden Dragon Acrobats

Monday, February 18, 2019

acrobatsThe spellbinding artistry of The Golden Dragon Acrobats will thrill Erie audiences when the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company visits the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2018-19 MIAC Live Series.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The company's reputation 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. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty.

The ancient art of acrobatics has developed into one of China's most popular art forms. As well as evolving into many forms of performance - dance, opera, martial arts and sports - acrobatics has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations. The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, to portray their hard-working nature and set forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.The Golden Dragon Acrobats have gained universal acclaim for their brand of the ancient art form.

"When the Golden Dragon Acrobats come to town, the wonders stack up," said The New York Times.

"Cathedrals of contortionists in backbend rise before your eyes, body by body. Human obstacles, which tumblers flip over, widen in person-size increments. The thrill is escalation. These touring acrobats from China know how to keep topping themselves."

The group’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began training at the age of 8 with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and began performing with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age 10. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs.

Performing feats on chairs stacked 10 stories high; the troupe has traveled to all 50 states and to more than 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragon Acrobats have received two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for its Broadway performances.

On average, the Golden Dragon Acrobats present over 200 performances each year at 100 to 200 venues across the country. The company has separated itself from the majority of Chinese acrobatic companies touring the United States by emphasizing their artistic merit, cultural exchange, spending more than one third of its tour participating in community and youth outreach programs.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and youth 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at miac.mercyhurst.edu or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.

This performance is sponsored by Constellation Energy. The 2018-19 MIAC Live Series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises, Cumulus Media and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.