"What do a card table, four champagne bottles and seven chairs make? A jaw-dropping balancing act perfected by the National Acrobats of China." – LA Times
Straight from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China are coming to Stuart for an evening of high flying acrobatic entertainment. Founded in 1951, the troupe has become one of the most acclaimed acrobatic groups in all of China, touring in over 500 cities in 70 countries across the world. In Cirque Peking, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will demonstrate some of their most famous acts including “Aerial Bungee Tumblings” and “Global Motorcyling.”
The history of the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is a very interesting one. Founded during the Cold War, the acrobatic troupe was unwelcome in the United States until 1972, when President Nixon invited the group to the White House. This was a major moment in the history of the relationship between China and the United States, and the company is credited in part with re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries at a critical period in history. Now, over four decades later, the National Acrobats are back in the United States for their 2014 North American tour.
Under the direction of Mr. An Ning, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China have set themselves apart from the thousands of other acrobat troupes around the world due to their professionalism and tireless innovation. Over the years, more than 200 artists from the acrobatic company have won gold and silver awards at national and international competitions as well as circus festivals. In 2012, five troupes and teams traveled to Turkey, Taiwan, Singapore, and Germany, thrilling audiences of every nationality with their breath-taking original stunts. The National Acrobats have developed a number of impressive productions, including Mirage, Pirates!, and Sun Birds. This performance, entitled Cirque Peking, is a culmination of over 60 years of practice and dedication to the acrobatic craft. For their North American tour, the company has developed an entirely new production, featuring incredible tricks such as “Chinese Poles in Shaolin Style” and “Diving through Moving Hoops.”