The Peking Acrobats to return to the Community Concert Hall Feb. 10

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
The highly-revered Peking Acrobats are set to return to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Called a modern-day kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder, the Peking Acrobats defy the laws of gravity and are said to leave audiences spellbound. Accompanied by a live, exotic Chinese orchestra, the 26-member troupe of elite athletes — gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers — performs the 2,000-year-old traditions with astounding grace and agility, and offers a fast-paced, intricately choreographed show to mesmerize all ages.
As noted by Dance Insider, “It’s like watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon LIVE, without camera tricks creating special effects. All 26 members of this troupe are amazing athletes with grace and charisma in addition to their razor-sharp precision-everything entertainment should be!”
Hailing from the People’s Republic of China, the Peking Acrobats have been diplomats of their culture for decades and are presenting the 31st Anniversary North American Tour.
From as early as age 5, the hand-selected performers begin mastering disciplines that arose during the Ch’in Dynasty (225-207 B.C).
According to Fu Qifeng, author of “Chinese Acrobatics Through the Ages,” acrobatics originated from the people’s daily life, drawing from their experiences in work, war and sacrificial rites. During the Warring States Period, acrobatics became widespread, and it was believed that practicing acrobatics could steal people’s will, increase their physical strength and the accuracy of their movements.
In contemporary times, the troupe remains the largest touring attraction of its kind.
Tickets for The Peking Acrobats ($19-$35) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All sales are final.

This story was posted on February 9, 2018.