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Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Chinese Acrobats’ Breathtaking “Peking Dreams” is First of Many World Music and Arts Events at the Bankhead Theater This Season
LIVERMORE, CA – (August 24, 2015) –The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China return to Livermore in September with “Peking Dreams,” a mesmerizing show that combines dazzlingly precise physical artistry with colorful costumes and traditional music. Direct from Beijing, these amazing athletes thrill audiences of all ages with remarkable feats of balance, juggling, contortion, and a gravity-defying ability to fly across the stage. “Peking Dreams” is only the first of more than a dozen events in LVPAC Presents’ ninth season which showcases performing arts from nearly every continent. Upcoming events range from “A Taste of Africa” and “Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers,” to “A Celtic Christmas” and the brilliant flamenco of Paco Peña. “Peking Dreams” will appear at the Bankhead Theater for just one matinee performance on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Founded more than six decades ago, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Enhanced by spectacular lighting and costumes, their award-winning acts have filled venues worldwide and won over twenty Gold and Silver medals and other awards at international festivals. Considered innovators in the world of circus companies, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China have perfected such acts as the grand flying trapeze, giant teeterboard, group contortions, as well as a variety of balancing acts using hoops, poles, balls, ladders and cycles. Their early focus on shifting emphasis away from animal acts to dramatic human physical feats, influenced the pioneers of the now well-known “Cirque du Soleil” who sought coaching from them in these special skills during the 1980s.
The ancient Chinese called the circus “the show of a hundred tricks.” Chinese circus acts are a culturally-treasured art form with roots that date back many centuries to early folk entertainers who used objects from daily life to entertain and engage spectators. As circus feats grew in popularity, they were adopted for Imperial performances and became increasingly intricate and complex. As it has always been, circus performance continues to be centered in family tradition, with skills and expertise passed from generation to generation.
This season, more than a dozen events provide audiences at the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center with the opportunity to experience and be immersed in the music and performing arts of other countries. Chinese artistry will be offered again in March with the GuGu Drum Group, whose authentic rhythms and dance movements tell timeless and traditional fables and stories with contemporary flair. Representing every continent except Antarctica, the 2015-2016 LVPAC Presents season includes the return of Master of the Sarod Amjad Ali Khan and Sons, as well as the Moscow Festival Ballet, Parisian film favorite “Triplets of Belleville” with live musical accompaniment, a traditional holiday celebration with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, Dakha Brahka’s contemporary music of the Ukraine, and the wildly entertaining Wellington Ukulele Orchestra of New Zealand.
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is dedicated to offering entertainment for all ages and encourages family attendance by offering student tickets for only $16 at nearly every event. Upcoming family-focused shows include the renowned Stunt Dog Experience, appearing Friday November 6th and two matinee performances in April by the uncrowned queen of kindie rock, Laurie Berkner, on her solo “You and Me Tour.” Tickets for these and all other performances in the 2015-2016 LVPAC Presents series are available now through the Bankhead Theater ticket office, online at www.bankheadtheater.org, or via the new LVPAC mobile app.
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. The Bankhead Theater ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. On performance days the ticket office is open from two hours before to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of each show. Subscriptions and single tickets for all shows in the 2015-2016 LVPAC Presents season, as well as resident companies and events at the Bothwell Arts Center are available now at the Bankhead Theater ticket office, 925-373-6800 or www.bankheadtheater.org