“The Peking Acrobats [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility. Pure artistry!” -The New York Post
”(Fumbling Towards Ecstasy) shimmers in beauty.” -The Globe and Mail
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) proudly presents two special evenings of incredible performing artists by renowned groups Peking Acrobats and the Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. The world-renowned performers will whisk audiences away at the Center’s Concert Hall on January 10, 2015 and January 25, 2015. For additional information, please visit artcenter.org.
The Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Accompanied by live musicians and high-tech special effects, the acrobats bring the excitement of a Chinese Carnival to the stage through trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. The troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics since their Western debut in 1986. On their previous twenty-seven North American tours, they have sold out theaters, performing arts centers, and arenas across the continent. Audiences who have the opportunity to see The Peking Acrobats can enjoy an entertainment event unlike any other, and one they won’t soon forget!
The Peking Acrobats have been featured on numerous television shows and celebrity-studded TV Specials including Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous, Ellen’s Really Big Show (TV Special with host, Ellen DeGeneres), The Wayne Brady Show, That’s Incredible, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, as well as NBC’s Ring in the New Year Holiday Special. They’ve set the world record for the Human Chair Stack on Fox’s Guinness Book Primetime TV show where they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs 21 feet up in the air without safety lines! The Peking Acrobats also hit the silver screen as Company members were featured in Steven Soderbergh’s film Ocean’s 11, playing along with Hollywood’s elite such as Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Stone Brewing Co. is a proud presenting sponsor of the Peking Acrobats performance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
*Peking Acrobats perform at the Concert Hall on January 10, 2015. More information can be found on http://artcenter.org/event/peking-acrobats/
Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy showcases a troupe of 30 classically trained dancers tracing the deeply spiritual odyssey of a woman’s life from her first romantic encounter to mature love. Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s melodious music is the inspiration and soundtrack to this beautiful performance of romance, tragedy, growing old, and celebrating life.
The Alberta Ballet dancers have been offered the unique chance to inhabit both the musical and spiritual world of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second largest ballet company and is globally renowned for its repertoire of contemporary and classical productions. Now in its 47th season, it boasts a company of professional dancers from as far away as Japan and as close as its home-base of Alberta. Jean Grand-Maître, the company’s Artistic Director, elevated the profile of the organization to a world-renowned position, reaching audiences across Canada and internationally. Recently, the company has garnered international acclaim through its ‘portrait ballets’ — collaborations with popular music icons including Joni Mitchell, Sir Elton John, and k.d. lang. Excerpts from Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum were performed during the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where Grand-Maître also acted as Director of Choreography.
*Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy performs at the Concert Hall on January 25, 2015. More information can be
found on http://artcenter.org/event/alberta-ballet/
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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