National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China to Return to Segerstrom Center, 9/13

National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China to Return to Segerstrom Center, 9/13

The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China have entertained audiences worldwide for more than 60 years with astonishing feats of acrobatic agility and stunning display of martial arts, and the company returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a brand new production on Saturday, September 13 at 3 p.m. in the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This elite group of acrobats continues a remarkable 2,000-year-old tradition of mastering precision, balance, grace, strength and artistry that result in dazzling and high adrenaline performances that also feature beautiful costumes, thrilling choreography and both traditional and modern music.

Tickets to The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China start at $19 and will go on sale Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. PST. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556- 2746.

The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China was founded in 1951 and has been one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China. For several generations, the company has developed many unique acrobatic acts such as "Global Motorcycling," "Kicking Bowls to Heads on High Unicycles," "Russian Bars in Chinese Traditional Style," "Chinese Poles In Shaolin Style," "Diving Through Moving Hoops," "Aerial Bungee Tumblings" and "Aerial Tissue Flowers." These and many other acts have been enjoyed and praised by Chinese and foreign audiences for decades. Since its inception, there have been more than 200 artists of the company that have won the gold and silver awards at international and national acrobatic competitions and circus festivals.

In 1972, the company visited the United States with 72 artists and was invited as guests to the White House by President Richard Nixon. As performing arts ambassadors, the company played a key role in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, whose governments at that time had no formal diplomatic ties. More than 40 years later, the The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China has toured to 500 cities in 70 countries. In 2012, five troupes and teams from the company traveled to Germany, Turkey, Taiwan and Singapore.

Since 1999, the company has created several impressive productions, such as Mirage, Mirage of Dragons, Confuscise, Pirates! and Sun Birds. These productions have been performed close to 4,000 times in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Argentina and Chile. For its 2014 North American tour, the company will bring a brand new production that is guaranteed to amaze and astound audiences.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi- disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.

Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization and owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.

The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family- friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. The Center's arts-in-education programs are designed to inspire young people through the arts and reach hundreds of thousands of students each year.

In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

THE NATIONAL ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3 p.m.
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Tickets start at $19; go on sale May 11 The Box Office
Daily online at SCFTA.org or call (714) 556-2787.

Information provided is accurate at the time of printing, but is subject to change. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a private, non-profit organization. "Segerstrom Center for the Arts" is a registered trademark.

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