The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will put their best feats forward for two spectacular shows at the University of Victoria. The troupe of 40 of China’s finest acrobats will debut a new show, Shanghai Nights-Dream Journey, which follows the adventurous dreams of a young boy that begins at sea and ends in the Shanghai countryside. Accompanied by a lively mix of music, the show includes hoop diving, foot juggling, plate spinning and much more.
The Company of Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, which was founded in 1959, is considered one of the most competitive acrobatic companies in China. The number of awards the company has garnered in and outside of China is a testament to the beauty of the movement, music and colour the acrobats utilize to highlight Shanghai’s diverse nature.
Ian Case, director of the Farquhar Theatre at UVic, said the success of two previous shows by the Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China made it a “no brainer” to bring in the company from Shanghai.
“The audience response to Peking Dreams last year was tremendous,” he said. “The shows feature amazing performances and are very family friendly.”
The shows take place on Sept. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. at the Farquhar Auditorium in University Centre. Tickets cost $36 for general admission, $26 for students and $16 for children. Family packs are available for $100 and four pack general admission packages are $120, although neither pack can be purchased online.
For more information or tickets, call 250-721-8480, check out uvic.ca/auditorium or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.