"THE PEKING ACROBATS [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility. Pure artistry!" ~ THE NEW YORK TIMES
Since their Western debut in 1986, THE PEKING ACROBATS® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace.
THE PEKING ACROBATS have been featured on numerous television shows and celebrity-studded TV Specials including NICKELODEON'S UNFABULOUS, ELLEN'S REALLY BIG SHOW (TV Special with host, Ellen DeGeneres), THE WAYNE BRADY SHOW, THAT'S INCREDIBLE, ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS as well as NBC's RING IN THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
The ability to perform the astounding is rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art.
Records of acrobatic acts can be found as early as the Ch'in Dynasty (221 B.C. - 207 B.C.) and Chinese acrobats through the ages have continued to perfect what has become an evolving folk art form. Tradition demands that each generation of acrobats add its own improvements and embellishments. Because of the unusual and difficult nature of the feats involved, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats; an acrobat can be considered the Chinese equivalent of an American opera star. It is telling that the Chinese acrobatic tradition just gets stronger, due to the continued innovation of the artists and the endless enthusiasm from their adoring public.
A performance by THE PEKING ACROBATS, therefore, brings with it the opportunity to view the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition, highlighted by today's technology melding the ancient and traditional with the modern wonders of the 21st Century. As the Seattle Times reports: "Nearly everything THE PEKING ACROBATS did last night was amazing - and stunning, and breathtaking and WOW!"