Golden Dragon Acrobats Return to the Ellen Eccles Theatre

LOGAN, UT — Back by popular demand, the Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents the GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS on NOVEMBER 3 & 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theatre. The spellbinding artistry and the amazing athletics of The Golden Dragon Acrobats will thrill adults and children alike. Tickets are on sale now for all performances at the ticket office located at 43 South Main in downtown Logan. Tickets are $16 to $22. Discounts are available for children and groups. Tickets can be purchased by calling (435) 752-0026 or online at www.cachearts.org. Ticket Office hours are weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on performance Saturdays and one hour prior to shows.

“After three sellout performances in 2008, we are thrilled to be able to have the Golden Dragon Acrobats return for an encore,” said Wally Bloss, executive director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “Their amazing artistry, beautiful costumes and props provide a visual feast for the entire family to enjoy. Your heart will sing and your palms will sweat.”

“Juggling everything from umbrellas to soccer balls — and with props as varied as ladders and giant spinning wheels — the performers show why they’re world famous,” wrote the New York Post. “Whether bending their bodies into seemingly impossible positions or balancing each other in feats of incredible strength … the company delivers beautifully choreographed routines showcasing their amazing skills and physicality, accompanied by a musical score of traditional Chinese music filtered through a New Age sensibility.”

The world’s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than two thousand years ago. Direct from Hebei, China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have thrilled audiences all over the world. The company’s reputation is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form.

World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty. Danny Chang is the company’s founder, producer, and director. He is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. Chang started his training at the age of eight at his family’s acrobatics school in Taipei, Taiwan. Chang has received many awards including the esteemed Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest production values and an attention to artistic detail that is unparalleled in the art form.

The ancient art of acrobatics has developed into one of China’s most popular art forms. As well as evolving into many forms of performance — dance, opera, martial arts and sports — acrobatics has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations. The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, to portray their hard-working nature and set forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.

Performing feats on chairs stacked 10 stories high; the troupe has traveled to all 50 states and to more than 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragon Acrobats have been presented with the National Association of Campus Activities Entertainer of the Year Award and Campus Activities Today’s Performer of the Year Award, and the company received two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for its Broadway performances.

In November 2005, the acrobats made their Broadway debut to a sold out audience at the New Victory Theater, New York’s ultimate theater for children and families. Their Broadway run over the next six weeks led to standing ovations from audiences of all ages and widespread critical acclaim from the New York media. The run was highlighted by the Golden Dragons receiving two most prestigious New York Drama Desk nominations — Danny Chang for Unique Theatrical Experience and Angela Chang for Best Choreography.

The 2009-10 tour marks the 31st year of continuous touring in the United States for the Golden Dragon Acrobats. With the company’s main office based in Dallas, the Golden Dragons have traveled to all 50 states and to more than 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragons remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States. For more information, visit www.goldendragonacrobats.com.

Tickets for this performance are $16-$22, with a wide variety of discounts including our Family Fun! Discount. Families can purchase up to 4 child tickets (ages 5-18) at 50% off with the purchase of one regular priced adult ticket. Order now by calling the CVCA Ticket office or online anytime without any additional fees at www.EllenEcclesTheatre.org.

This tour is made possible through the Performing Arts season at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts and the generous support from this shows sponsors including: Cache Valley Media Group-Q92; Comcast Spotlight®; Conservice; The Herald Journal; Lewiston State Bank; Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore, LLC . The 2011-2012 CVCA Season is made possible in part by funds from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family; Cache County Restaurant/RAPZ Tax Funds, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant; Utah Division of Arts & Museums & the National Endowment for the Arts; and Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation.

For more info about the Cache Valley Center for the Arts visit www.CacheArts.org. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to all show times.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE
NOVEMBER 3 & 4 – GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
NOVEMBER 11 – AMERICAN FESTIVAL CHORUS VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL
NOVEMBER 12 – AMERICAN FESTIVAL CHORUS BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S “WAR REQUIEM”
NOVEMBER 25, 26, & 28 – THE NUTCRACKER
DECEMBER 2 & 3 – CHRISTMAS FROM THE ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE